Tteokguk (Korean Rice Cake Soup) | Kim'C Recipes

Written By Kim'C Market - February 11 2021

Cooking time: 30 mins


Tteokguk (rice cake soup) is the most iconic dish of Seollal.  Eating a bowl of tteokguk symbolizes aging one more year, as it is the first meal eaten on the new year.  Tteokguk is usually made with beef broth or anchovy broth, sliced glutinous rice cake, and egg, seaweed, and chopped scallion as garnish.  This simple, yet delicious soup is everyone’s favorite.  Add mandu (dumplings) to the soup and you have tteok mandu guk (dumpling rice cake soup).

Ingredients (Serving size 4)

  • 400g Sliced white rice cake for tteokguk 떡국떡
  • 100g stir fried size beef (brisket) 소고기
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1800ml water
  • 1T cooking oil
  • 1T sesame oil
  • 2T soy sauce
  • 1T minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper 
  • ¼ red chili pepper
  • Crushed seaweed
  • Sesame seed

To Cook

  1. Soak sliced tteok in bowl of water
  2. Add 1T cooking oil and 1T sesame oil to a pot and bring to med-high heat
  3. Add beef and stir fry quickly until no more pink outside
  4. Add 1800ml of water and bring to boil.  Once water starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes
  5. Beat 2 eggs
  6. Add the soaked sliced tteok into the pot and raise the heat to high.
  7. Add 2T soy sauce and 1T minced garlic.  Cook until tteok is soft and chewy.
  8. Season with salt to taste 
  9. Slowly pour egg and stir with ladle  
  10. Turn the heat off and add green onion, crushed seaweed, sesame seed, and red chili pepper for garnish

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