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Gungjung Tteokbokki

A royal court rice cake banchan from the Joseon Dynasty.


  • Korean rice cakes Tteok - 30 pieces
  • Thinly sliced beef shabu shabu cuts  - 300 g 
  • Onion - 1 whole
  • Carrot - ½ a whole
  • Green Bell pepper - 1 whole 
  • Shiitake Mushrooms - 3 
  • Spring Onion - small piece length of your forearm 

Beef Marinade

  • Soy Sauce - 2 Tablespoons
  • Sugar - 1 Tablespoon
  • Mirim - 1 Tablespoon
  • Minced Garlic - ½ Tablespoon
  • Sesame Oil - 1 Tablespoon
  • Black Pepper - few shakes
  • Sesame seeds - few shakes 

Rice Cake (Tteok) Marinade 

  • Soy Sauce - 1 Tablespoon 
  • Sesame Oil - 1 Tablespoon

Marinade for Stir-fry

  • Water - ⅓ cup 
  • Oyster Sauce - 1 Tablespoon
  • Soy Sauce - 1 Tablespoon
  • Sugar - 1 Tablespoon 
  • Honey - 1 Tablespoon
  • Sesame Oil - 1 Tablespoon 



  • Put beef slices in a mixing bowl. Then marinate with: Soy Sauce (2T), Sugar (1T), Mirim (1T), Minced Garlic (½T), Sesame Oil (1T), Black Pepper (few shakes) and Sesame Seeds (few shakes). Put on a glove and mix all the aromatic ingredients thoroughly. Set the meat aside and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Prep veggies: Chop Shiitake Mushrooms, Onion, Carrot, Green Bell Pepper and Spring Onion into thin strips.
  • Fill a large pot with water. Bring up to boil. Put a few squeezes of oil into the water (so the rice cakes don't stick). Then add your rice cakes (tteok) into the boiling water for 1 minute. Then strain the rice cakes and let them drip-off the excess water. 
  • Place the blanched rice cakes into a mixing bowl. Then place in Soy Sauce (1T) and Sesame Oil (1T). Coat the rice cakes evenly.

Make Gungjung Tteokbokki

  • Place frying pan on medium-high heat. Place oil in. Once hot, add onions. Stir-fry until onions turn translucent. 
  • Then add beef slices one-by-one into the frying pan. Separate each piece so that they don't clump with each other. 
  • Once the beef loses most of its red color, add in the sliced Carrots and Mushrooms. Stir-around for 30 seconds. 
  • Next, add water (⅓ cup) to the stir-fry. Stir-around.
  • Then add in the rice cakes. 
  • Add Oyster Sauce (1T), Soy Sauce (1T), Sugar (1T) and Honey (1T) to the mixture. Stir-fry everything together.
  • Now, add Bell Pepper and Spring Onion pieces to the stir-fry.
  • Once the Bell Peppers get soft, turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with Sesame Oil (1T) and give one last stir. And top-off with Sesame Seeds (few shakes). 


  • If you're vegetarian, you can replace the sliced beef with sliced button mushrooms. 
  • See video below for more details