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Recipe: Duk Bokki
Marianne Moon, Special to AFAR
Duk bokki is a very spicy and very popular Korean street food, and a favorite comfort food for Korean-American kids. It literally means “stir-fried rice cake.” When you buy from a street cart, it’s usually just sliced rice cakes and fish cake in a sticky spicy sauce. But in the comfort of your kitchen, you have license to make it more elaborate. I personally love to make this dish with bacon (pork fat does rule) and as many vegetables as I can find. Play with the ingredients to suit your taste. It is also great vegetarian.
There are a few specialized ingredients for this dish. The necessaries include “duk” (Korean rice cakes), which can be bought in short tubes (traditional) or in slices (I like them because they cook faster). They even come in a brown rice version (“hyunmi duk”) for health-conscious people who want whole grain! You will also need to buy “gochujang” which is a sweet and hot prepared Korean pepper paste. Sliced prepared fish cakes are optional, but a very tasty addition. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you should be able to find a Korean grocery store for your shopping. Nowadays there are also online Korean grocery stores.… Thank goodness for the Internet! The remaining ingredients should be at your regular grocery store.
Serves 2 hungry people or 4 tasters
2 slices bacon, or 1 handful sliced fish cake (optional)
If using bacon, brown in a small saucepan until crisp. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
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