Korea Delivers: 떡볶이 (Tteokbokki)

By far my favorite meal to order in while in Korea is 떡볶이 (sounds like duck bokk ee)…it helps that this is also a very popular Korean fast food/street food and readily available. My favorite chain to get tteokbokki from is 신전떡볶이, from what I can tell from their website there are 12 locations scattered throughout Korea but most importantly they have shops in Busan and Seoul where I spend most weekends!!!

As I mentioned in previous Korea Delivers posts, the menu from many delivery joints is a small card written all in Korean. This is the case for 신전떡볶이 but if  you can read hangul and are familiar with tteokbokki and its common sides then it shouldn’t be too hard to order.

I also have a tteokbokki 101 post coming up in the future where I plan to go popular varieties and common side dishes…so stay tuned for that!

So…here is what you might expect to see if you order tteokbokki to be delivered to your doorstep.

All the goodies are in here

All the goodies are in here

The menu for 신전떡볶이 is pretty standard for tteokbokki restaurants…just the tteokbokki and then some sides. I always order the cheese tteokbokki if it is available, which comes with mozzarella cheese in the sauce…spicy and cheesy…so yummy!

The menu from 신전떡볶이

The menu from 신전떡볶이

My go to sides are 만두 (mandu, aka potstickers or dumplings) which come filled with glass noodles and then deep fried along with 김말이 (kim mal lee) which is glass noodles wrapped in kim (dried and salted seaweed), tossed in batter and then deep fried.

Packaging of the mandu

Packaging of the mandu

Fried mandu filled with glass noodles

Fried mandu filled with glass noodles

Packaging of the kimmiri

Packaging of the kimmiri

Kimirri, glass noodles wrapped in kim (dried seaweed), thrown in batter and then deep fried to perfection

Kimirri, glass noodles wrapped in kim (dried seaweed), thrown in batter and then deep fried to perfection

I usually order from 신전떡볶이 once every weekend, luckily Eunji and I both LOVE cheese tteokbokki!!! Some places give you the option of ordering hard boiled eggs to add into the tteokbokki.

Tteokkbokkie comes in this plastic sealed container. The little chick is actually a tiny saw to cut open the packaging.

Tteokbokki comes in this plastic sealed container. The little chick is actually a tiny saw to cut open the packaging.

Two hard boiled eggs

Two hard boiled eggs

Voila! Cheese tteokbokki and hard boiled eggs

Voila! Cheese tteokbokki and hard boiled eggs

In the warmer months 신전떡볶이 even offers a seasonal menu which includes pot bing su!!

Pot bing su came in separate packaging to keep it from being melted

Pot bing su came in separate packaging to keep it from being melted

What is better to cool you off after eating a spicy meal then this crushed ice dessert (pot bing su)?

What is better to cool you off after eating a spicy meal then this crushed ice dessert (pot bing su)?

I’m sure most people who have spent any time in Korea will have seen this tteokbokki…its readily available from most street vendors and small shops, even nicer restaurants will sometimes have tteokbokki on the menu. My recommendation to anyone who hasn’t tried it is to go for it (if you are ok with spicy foods…it can get pretty spicy).

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2 thoughts on “Korea Delivers: 떡볶이 (Tteokbokki)

  1. Jeremy Coker says:

    I’d love to try the Kimirri. That sounds different.

    Yeah! I’m finally caught up. Hope to see you guys soon!

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    • thesockmonkeyproject says:

      Yeah I’m sure you would love it…crunchy and salty and then you dip it into the spicy sauce…so delicious!

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