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직접 뽑은 수제 떡볶이 What is Tteokbokki? Tteokbokki is one of the most fundamental street food dishes in Korea. The name of this dish, tteokbokki, comes from "tteok" which means rice cake, and "bokki" which means stir-fried food. Hence tteokbokki means “stir-fried rice cake”.

Tteokbokki gained popularity as a street food snack sold by vendors in markets and on the streets of Korea’s urban centers, particularly in Seoul. Its affordability and satisfying flavour made it a favorite among students, workers, and families.

The original tteokbokki was named “gungjung tteokbokki” which means “Royal Court Tteokbokki”, made from white tteok (rice cakes), sesame oil, sirloin, soy sauce, rock tripe, pine nuts, scallions, and toasted and ground sesame seeds. After the introduction of Gochujang later, tteokbokki started to change into red and spicy around the 1950s.

Tteokbokki has numerous variations and fusions. They can even be categorized into two variations, based on added ingredients like seafood, instant noodles, short ribs, etc., and based on the sauce used for the seasonings. 

Gochujang tteokbokki is the most popular variety, there are two types of Gochujang tteokbokki. One is soup-styled gungmul-tteokbokki, while the other is the dry gireum-tteokbokki.

Tteokbokki’s popularity has spread beyond Korea’s borders, becoming a beloved dish in other parts of the world, particularly among Korean food enthusiasts and those seeking bold and flavorful cuisines. 

What makes Numaru Tteokbokki special?

We make rice cakes at our restaurant kitchen from scratch. They are softer and chewier than store-bought rice cakes.

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