I just came across this really awesome tteokbokki (떡볶이)chain, Jaws Tteokbokki, serving by far some of the best tteokbokki I’ve had from a chain(so far). I’ve been to a few chain restaurants including Pomato, only to be disappointed in their limp, watery tteokbokki. Luckily, I finally found this place! The place is small like all places that primarily serve tteokbokki, but the restaurant is clean with a nice atmosphere. It even feels a little bit like a street stand with its open windows and seats out in front! My particular restaurant is open from 12pm-12am, which Pomato still has an advantage over.
They have a very simple menu consisting of tteokbokki, twigim (튀김), sundae (순대), eomuk 어묵, and yubujumeoni (유뷰쥬머니), which are tofu pouches with vegetables inside. All of the prices are very reasonable and comparable to street stand prices, usually not costing more than 3,000 to 4,000 won for a dish.
Their tteokbokki (2500 won) is what their known for, so I decided to try them on my first visit. They give you a typical serving of the saucy rice cakes along with some broth containing twigim and fish cake bits. The sauce is very thick, and their noodles still retain some chewy texture. I tend to like mine really chewy, which is where they may lack a bit. However, the sauce is really thick and spicy (more than average tteokbokki), which I like.
The twigim on the other hand, I didn’t care much for. Most twigim in Korea is not the freshest and has been sitting around for a little bit. This causes the batter to be less puffy and actually makes it denser and greasier. Unfortunately, this was the case. If you must have some twigim, you should go when they open as it’s most likely to be at their freshest. I had the 2500 won set which had some squid, squash, kimbap, and a dumpling. It also comes with the same broth.
If you like tteokbokki, or want to give it a try, I highly recommend this place. You may find better ones in the street stalls, but if you’re looking for a cleaner more professional type restaurant, this is your place!
Do you have any recommendations for tteokbokki? Let me know in the comments below!