Ra-bokki is a combination of ramyun (Korean for ramen noodles) and dduk bokki, spicy sweet and saucy stir-fried rice cakes, two of the most famous and popular Korean street foods. Together, they're like a little bit of dirty, naughty eating for me, which I love.
Recipe courtesy of Judy Joo
Instant Noodles with Spicy Rice Cakes
Total:
55 min
Active:
35 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
55 min
Active:
35 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 15 large dried anchovies (myulchi), head and guts removed
  • One 4-inch-long piece dried kelp (kombu) 
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced on an angle 
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced 
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced 
  • 1/4 cup (87.5 grams) gochujang (Korean chili paste) 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon gochugaru (Korean chili flakes) 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 3 cups (525 grams) chopped napa or Korean cabbage 
  • 1 package instant ramyun noodles (ramen), seasoning packet discarded (see Cook's Note)
  • 1 pound (450 grams) 2-inch-long cylindrical rice cakes (dduk), soaked in cold water for 15 to 30 minutes and then drained 
  • 7 ounces fish cake sheets (eomuk), cut into triangular pieces about 3 inches long 
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds 
  • 2 to 3 large eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and halved or quartered lengthwise 
  • Handful of scallions (spring onions), thinly sliced on an angle, for serving 

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the anchovies, kelp, and 5 cups (1200 ml) water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer for about 20 minutes. Pass the anchovy stock through a fine-mesh strainer into a large, wide, deep skillet and discard the solids.

Return the stock to a simmer. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, chili paste, sugar, chili flakes and soy sauce, stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and noodles and simmer, stirring often, until the noodles are slightly softened, about 2 minutes.

Add the rice cakes and fish cake sheets and cook, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are just tender and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Drizzle with the sesame oil, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and nestle the eggs in the sauce.

Serve immediately, topped with the scallions.

Cook's Note

You can use any brand of ramyun/ramen noodles, but I'm partial to Shin Ramyun; get the black label if you can.

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