-Cycle 1, Item 161-
15 (Tue) June 2010
Sundae in Ddeokbokki Sauce
at an unnamed food cart
Ddeokbokki (떡볶기) is a Korean rice cake dish. It consists of cylindrical rice cakes in a thick, sweetly spicy red chili sauce ("gochujang"). The name of the dish literally means "rice cake (ddeok) sauté/stirfry (bokki)." Some of the cheaper establishments will use cakes mixed with or wholly consisting of flour, which I actually prefer for the chewier texture. They're the quintessential Korean street food, representing Seoul the way that hot dogs do for New York.
I rarely order ddeokbokki on its own, just as an accompaniment to sundae, my street food of choice. Any food cart worth its salt will throw in a few complimentary cylinders if asked for ddeokbokki sauce.
Riding bikes with MtG, looking for a place to eat dinner, knowing both of us could afford to skip a meal, we passed by a pickup truck selling sundae and ddeokbokki--and beer. Couldn't resist.