Gungjung-ttuckbokki (궁중떡볶이): Royal Rice Cakes


[Gungjung: royal, ttuck: rice cakes, bokki: sauté]

Gungjung-tuckbokki or royal tuckbokki is a non-spicy version of Koreans’ favorite pastime dish, tuckbokki. I assume that it is called “royal” tuckbokki because this dish contains as much meat and vegetables as rice cakes unlike its cousin and moreover contains all of the 5 food groups.

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Ttuckmandu-guk (떡만두국): Rice cake and dumpling soup


[Ttuck: rice cakes, Mandu: dumplings, guk: soup]

Ttuckmandu-guk is traditionally the first meal Koreans eat on New Year’s Day. The white color of the rice cakes symbolizes a new start and longevity while the round shape represents coins for good luck and wealth. Continue reading