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Rice Cake (Garaetteok) Recipe Popular Korean Food

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In my previous post, I showed you “How To Make Hot And Spicy Rice Cake (Tteokbokki)” and today I will show you how to make a homemade Korean rice cake (Garaetteok).

Rice Cake (Garaetteok)

Most of you know what tteok means, right? That’s rice cake. But what about garae? What is it, and what does it have to do with this rice cake?

There are a few theories about that. One of them is that garae comes from the verb gaeuda which means “to divide.” Some people think this rice cake got its name because it’s always “divided” into pieces before it’s rolled and stretched.

The other theory is the name comes from a Korean farming tool called a garae, which is a type of spade. A garae has 2 thick ropes attached to the side of it so that 2 helpers can pull the ropes and make the digging go faster.

Some people think those ropes look a lot like garaetteok, which is how the rice cake got its name. Interesting right?

If you bought frozen rice flour from a Korean grocery store, put it in the fridge overnight until it thaws out and the flour becomes a powder. If you made your own rice flour, you don’t need to do this.

Rice cake (Garaetteok) is super easy to make at home. First, you should learn how to make rice cake (Garaetteok) and then (Tteokbokki) spicy rice cakes, which is one of the most popular Korean street foods in Korea, Korean people love this food because it is made of healthy vegetables, boiled eggs, and dried anchovies (with heads and intestines removed).  Imagine you’re making popular Korean spicy street food at home on your own, wow. Korean people eat normal foods often but sometimes they eat something spicy like Tteobokki.

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Rice Cake (Garaetteok)

Rice Cake (Garaetteok)
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Category: Korean Food
Cuisine: Korea

Garaetteok and Tteokbokki are two different recipes of Korea. Garaetteok is rice cake and Tteokbokki is spicy rice cake. In this recipe you are going to know how to make Garaetteok (long cylinder shaped) rice cakes at home, if you want to know how to make tteokbokki spicy rice cake please click the link in the first paragraph. If you like the recipe please let us know via comments.

Rice Cake (Garaetteok)

Ingredients
1 hour, 30 minutes
4-5
  • 2 cups of short grain rice flour (buy it frozen, or make your own)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup of boiling water if using a microwave, 1 cup of boiling water if using a steamer (you may need more or less depending on how much moisture is in your short grain rice flour, see the note)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
Instructions
Prep
30 minutes
Cook
60 minutes
Ready in
1 hour, 30 minutes
  1. Making rice cake with a microwave:
  2. Combine the rice flour, salt, and boiling water in a bowl.
  3. Cover it with plastic wrap, leaving a small gap to let the steam release. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Mix the rice cake dough with a rice scoop or wooden spoon.
  5. Re-cover with the plastic wrap and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Spread ½ ts sesame oil on your cutting board. Put the hot rice cake in the oily spot on the cutting board. Pound it with a pestle for about 5 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  7. Making rice cake with a steamer:
  8. Combine the rice flour, salt, and boiling water in a bowl.
  9. Line a steamer rack with parchment paper. Add the rice cake dough and steam for about 25 minutes over high heat.
  10. Spread ½ ts sesame oil on your cutting board. Put the hot rice cake in the oily spot on the cutting board. Pound it with a pestle for about 5 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. The rest of the process is the same as the method of using a microwave oven.
  11. Prepare the rice cake for ddeokbokki:
  12. Cut it into 8 equal pieces, then roll each piece out into a 4 inch long cylinder shaped rice cake.
  13. Put ½ ts sesame oil onto your hands and gently rub the rice cakes to coat them in a thin sheen of oil. This will give them a nice flavor and keep them from sticking to each other.
  14. Prepare the rice cake for ddeokguk (rice cake soup):
  15. Cut it into 2 equal pieces, then roll each piece out into two 10 inch long cylinder shaped rice cakes.
  16. Let them cool at room temperature for several hours, then slice diagonally into thin discs.
  17. Use right away, or put in a plastic bag and freeze for later use. This amount is for 1 serving of ddeokguk, so if you want to make two bowls of soup, make two batches.
Notes

A note about short grain rice flour: The flour you buy at your local store or the flour you make may have more or less moisture in it than the rice flour I use in this recipe. This is because of many different things like how long it’s been in the freezer in the store, or the atmospheric conditions where you live. You may need to add more or less boiling water, depending on how dry or wet your short grain rice flour is.

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