vegetarian dukboki

one of the things i love to order at korean restaurants is dukboki, a common dish served at food stalls in korean festivals. i was in the mood for it so i decided to try making it myself!

the original recipe called for cabbage and scallions. sometimes i see it with fish cakes. i decided to keep it all vegetarian and substituted some of the vegetables with sugar snap peas and yellow pepper.

result is a super flavorful, yummy, spicy and sweet meal that was so simple to make. yum!


For the dish

  • 16 ounces rice cake
  • 2 ounces onion, cut into strips
  • 2 ounces carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 sweet pepper, cut into strips
  • 6 ounces sugar snap peas
  • 1/4 cup water

For the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper paste


In a cooking pot, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce.

Add the vegetables, onion, rice cakes and water. Mix together.

Cover and cook over a medium flame, stirring frequently. When the sauce thickens and the rice cakes feel soft, serve while hot.

original recipe from Dok Suni (cookbook): Rice Cakes in Spicy Saute (Dukboki)

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