Korean Foods Explained: What is Tteokbokki (떡볶이)?

Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is a spicy Korean “snack” food that uses thick rice noodles/cakes (떡) and a pepper sauced (고추장) as its base. Most tteokbokki is usually mixed with eomuk (어묵) which is a fish cake. The spiciness varies, but typically it is one of the spicier things you can eat in Korea. The type of rice cake also varies greatly with Seoul’s being typically skinny and other places have really thick ones. Continue reading “Korean Foods Explained: What is Tteokbokki (떡볶이)?”

Korean Foods Explained: What is Gamjatang (감자탕)

Gamjatang or kamjatang (감자탕) is a lightly spicy soup always served with pork bones usually from the spine or the rib. Despite Gamja meaning “potato”, the soup is actually named after the type of pork bones also referred to as “Gamja”, or so I have heard. The soup is also cooked with a plethora of veggies such as potatoes, mushrooms, perilla leaves, onions, kimchi, and etc, but varies with the restaurant.  Continue reading “Korean Foods Explained: What is Gamjatang (감자탕)”