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Ddeok Gangjeong, Crispy and Spicy Rice Cake

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30 min

A popular snack in Korea, ddeok gangjeong is a filling and spicy treat. It’s made with garaeddeok (rice tube cake) that’s sliced down to bite-sized chunks, pan-fried, then dressed with a sticky, tangy sauce. The pan-frying gives the rice cakes a crackly outside with a soft and chewy inside. The sauce is a deliciously sweet and spicy combo that will satisfy any mid-afternoon craving.

Ddeok gangjeong is often topped with chopped peanuts for an added crunch. It's a quick dish that takes less than half an hour and makes a perfect accompaniment for cocktails (anjoo), a simple dinner, or appetizer. For festive hors d'oeuvres, try putting them on skewers. Make sure to serve them warm or right out of the pan; the rice cakes will harden as they cool.

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1 lb 2 ozSticky Rice Cake Tube, Garaeddeok 가래떡
2⅔ tbsPotato Starch 감자 전분 (optional)
3 tbsVegetable Oil 식용유

for the sauce

3 tbsGochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장
1 tspSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
1½ tbsSugar 설탕
3 tbsKetchup 케첩
2 tbsMul Yeot / Malt (Maltose) Syrup 물엿 (optional, use more sugar instead or use other fruit syrup)
⅛ Onion (Medium) 양파
2 tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
5 tbsWater 물
1½ tspChopped peanuts 다진 땅콩 (or your favorite nut, coarsely chopped)
1½ tspChopped walnuts 다진 호두 (or your favorite nut, coarsely chopped)
Ingredients Notes: 

Skewers (optional) if you want to serve the rice cake on skewers.


Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Potato starch: Potato starch on the rice cake gives crispier texture and helps the sauce stick to the rice cake better. You can use regular flour instead or omit if you don’t have potato starch.

Simple version of the sauce: You can omit onion, garlic and malt syrup (increase the amount of sugar instead) if they are not available.

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1. Cut rice cake

If the rice cake is frozen, thaw it in the fridge overnight or defrost in the microwave (make sure it’s covered). Cut the rice cake into 1 inch lengths.

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Cut into 1”

2. Dredge in potato starch (optional)

Lightly dredge the rice cakes in potato starch. Potato starch on the rice cake gives a crispier texture and helps the sauce stick to the rice cake better. You can use regular flour instead or omit if you don’t have potato starch.

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Dredge in potato starch

3. Make the sauce

In a food processor, blend together: ⅛ onion, 3 tablespoons of hot pepper paste, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1½ tablespoon of sugar, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of mulyeot (malt syrup), 2 teaspoon of minced garlic and 5 tablespoons of water. Set it aside.

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  • ⅛ onion
  • 3 tbs hot pepper paste
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1½ tbs sugar
  • 3 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs malt syrup
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 tbs water

4. Pan-fry rice cakes

Lightly coat a frying pan with vegetable oil and add rice cake. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until golden. Do not add too much oil or make the pan really hot because rice cake can pop. If you are not eating right away, cook for less time. Crispy ones can get too hard when cooled.

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Dry rice cakes

Lightly coat pan with oil

Add rice cakes

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until golden

5. Drain

Transfer pan-fried (or deep-fried) rice cake onto paper towel or a strainer to drain fat.

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Drain fat

6. Cook sauce

Cook the sauce in a non-stick pan and simmer it on low heat for about 5 minutes or until it starts to boil.

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Cook sauce

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or until boiling

7. Mix sauce with rice cake

Add the rice cake to the sauce and quickly mix. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle chopped peanuts and walnuts and mix well.

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Add rice cake to sauce



  • chopped peanuts
  • chopped walnuts


8. Serve

Serve hot on a plate. Enjoy!

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Serve hot


9. Serve (alternative)

You can also skewer the rice cake to serve is as a fun snack or hors d’oeuvres.

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