The one factor higher than a good recipe? When one thing’s really easy to make that you do not even want one. Welcome to It’s That Easy, a column the place we speak you thru the method of constructing the dishes and drinks we are able to make with our eyes closed.
I contemplate tteok to be my childhood BFF: greatest meals without end. It’s inconceivable to sing sufficient reward of the Korean rice desserts with their irresistible gooey, chewy, nearly candy-like pull and texture. If you happen to’re the form of one who retains your freezer stocked with tteok, a transfer we can not advocate sufficient, you’re most likely well-versed of their versatility for dinner. However whereas basic, savory preparations have a place in my coronary heart, my present favourite manner to put together tteok is as an anytime dessert: These vaguely churro-inspired, fast, pan-seared rice desserts that you may make in minutes.
You may usually discover nuggets and massive palmfuls of tteok full of candy fillings, be it bean paste, honey, or cinnamon and nuts. Nevertheless it’s much less widespread to discover the cylindrical rice desserts, the variability mostly utilized in tteokbokki, in a candy preparation which—a missed alternative, for my part. Born out of a significantly intense snack-time starvation, these dessert tteok are straightforward to put together, straightforward to share, and may fulfill that candy tooth each time the craving strikes.
Right here’s how I dessertify tteokbokki
In a medium bowl, combine collectively 2 tsp. floor cinnamon and 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar and put aside. Now for the rice desserts: For a snack-size portion, I exploit about 1 cup of tteok, ideally the cylindrical ones. Warmth up about 2 tsp. impartial oil (like vegetable or canola oil) in a massive skillet, add your tteok, and prepare dinner both sides of the rice cake till flippantly charred, about 2 to 3 minutes on medium-low warmth.
Switch all the crispy rice desserts into the cinnamon-sugar combination you put aside and provides it a toss till all the rice desserts are evenly coated. Switch to a plate, and also you’ve bought churro-inspired tteok.
For additional pizzazz, I hit it with a beneficiant pinch of flaky salt. Make a easy chocolate sauce to accompany your crispy-chewy rice desserts in case you fancy. A plate of dessert tteok is greatest tucked into whereas nonetheless scorching—it’s the way you make sure you get peak ooey-gooey-chewy heat in every chunk.
With its delicate taste, a single nubbin of tteok is an equal opportunist taste sponge. There are nonetheless loads of stellar savory methods to prepare dinner it. Strive frozen or contemporary tteok with arugula, halloumi, and gochujang brown butter; in tteokguk, a beef soup with Korean radish; in dakgalbi with hen, cabbage, and candy potato; or in basic tteokbokki. For me, although, consuming on the finish of the meal for a fast, sugary enhance is an underrated technique.