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bulgogi tteokbokki

Bulgogi Tteokbokki - Topokki Without Gochujang

  • Author: Oh Happy Joy
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 2-3 1x


My recipe for how to make tteokbokki without gochujang! Kid friendly yet savory bulgogi tteokbokki!


  • Flat rice cakes 10 oz
  • Fish cakes 5 oz
  • Ground Meat 5 oz
  • Onion (large) ¼ 
  • Carrots (I didn’t have it on this day so I skipped it)
  • Mushrooms 4-5
  • Green Onions
  • Canola oil - 2 TBS
  • Water ½ cup

Bulgogi Marinade for Meat

  • Soy sauce - 1TBS
  • Mirin - 1TBS
  • Minced Garlic - 0.5 TBS
  • Sugar - 0.5 TBS

Bulgogi Tteokbokki Sauce


  1. If using frozen rice cakes, then soak the rice cakes in a bowl with water for about 5 minutes before using.
  2. Soak the fish cakes in a bowl of water for about 5 minutes as well.
  3. Marinade ground meat with the bulgogi marinade and mix well together.dukboki
  4. Chop all vegetablesddukbokki
  5. On a hot pan, add canola oil (or any other like avocado oil) and chopped green onions for about 30 seconds.toppoki
  6. Add meat to the pan and cook until brown (I added veggies first and then meat…but it really doesn’t matter!)
  7. Add vegetables (onions, mushrooms, and carrots) and stir fry for about 2 minutes.bulgogi tteokbokki
  8. Add rice cakes for about 1 minute and coat rice cakes well with the oil and the rest of the ingredients 
  9. Add tteokbokki sauce and water and cook them while stirring them.tteokbokki without gochujang
  10. Once fully cooked, sprinkle sesame seeds tokbokki


  • Tteokbokki is fully cooked when the rice cake is well coated with the sauce and soft and chewy when you bite into them
  • Soy sauce - I love using this soy sauce. Anytime I go to a Korean grocery store, I always make sure I get them while they are on sale!


  • Cooking oligo syrup - you can substitute this with honey for healthier sauce
  • Flat Rice Cakes - You can use the long topokki rice cakes 
  • Mushrooms - I used button mushrooms but you can use shitake mushrooms which goes really well with the overall dish
  • Ground Beef - you can use bulgogi meat or any thin sliced meat from Korean grocery store (like shabu shabu meat or sukiyaki meat)
  • Fish Cakes - You can skip fish cakes if you are not a huge fan or use a different kind, but I LOVE adding fish cakes to my dduboki so this had to be in my dish!


If you are making a spicy version with ramen, stay tuned for my update on spicy tteokbokki recipe!

Keywords: Bulgogi Tteokbokki