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Gungjung Tteokbokki – Non Spicy Tteokbokki Stir Fry

14/10/2021 (Last Updated: 17/10/2022)

Gungjung tteokbokki is super FAST and so delicious! Ready in 20 minutes, this non spicy tteokbokki stir fry is our go-to for an easy weeknight dinner, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.

Bowl of Korean Royal Court Rice Cakes.

Why We Love This

Gungjung tteokbokki is such a quick and easy stir fry, perfect for those who want to enjoy delicious Korean flavour without the heat

As a non spicy tteokbokki recipe, it’s filled with veggies, beef and rice cakes for a well rounded meal, and is a great option for kids and adults who prefer less spice.

The recipe is so easy to adapt to use up whatever you have in the fridge. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, use tofu as your protein or amp it up with extra mushrooms (shiitake or enoki go well) – no other swaps necessary!

Related: Tteokkochi Rice Cake Skewers / Dakgalbi Stir Fry

Stir fried Gunjung Tteokbokki in a wok.

What is Gungjung Tteokbokki? 

Gungjung tteokbokki (궁중떡볶이 / royal court tteokbokki) is one of the original Korean rice cake stir fry recipes!

It was first served in the Korean Royal Court (gungjung means palace or royal court) in the late 19th century, well before its counterpart (spicy gochujang tteokbokki) became such a popular Korean street food dish. 

The non spicy tteokbokki stir fry consists of thinly sliced beef, garaetteok rice cakes and vegetables seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, sesame and garlic. It’s savoury with a hint of sweetness, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Since it’s healthy and packed with veggies, it’s not considered a street food and is most often cooked at home or available in restaurants.

What You’ll Need

  • Tteok / Korean Rice Cakes – ​​You can use the long cylinder-shaped rice cakes known as garae-tteok, or flat rice cakes sliced diagonally. It’s more common to use the cylinders, but the flat rice cakes taste just as good. The best place to look for them is the fridge or freezer section of Korean convenience stores or Asian groceries, or you can make them at home. If you can’t source or make rice cakes, leave them out and serve the stir fry over steamed rice. 
  • Steak – We use thinly sliced sizzle steak but shabu shabu beef or stir fry steak will also work well. Sub with chicken, pork, diced firm tofu or leave it out.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms – These add a delicious umami flavour to the dish. Use fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms reconstituted in warm water for 10-15 minutes before cooking. Sub with regular white or brown mushrooms, enoki, or leave them out. 
  • Veggies – Common ingredients include thinly sliced capsicum / bell pepper, carrot, brown onion and spring onion / green onion. Use your favourite combinations or use up leftover veggies from the fridge – think bok choy, broccolini, zucchini, etc. 
  • Marinade – The marinade is made up of soy sauce (regular, not dark), mirin (sub with water and sugar), sesame oil, garlic and sesame seeds, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.
Ingredients laid out for Gungjung Tteokbokki.

How to make Non Spicy Tteokbokki:

  1. In a medium bowl, pop in the beef slices along with the marinade (3 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp garlic, ½ tbsp sesame seeds and salt & pepper to taste).
  2. While that marinates, bring the water to a boil in a wok. Add in the rice cakes and boil until they are soft and float (around 2-3 minutes, extra if frozen). Drain and transfer rice cakes into a small bowl. Pour over the 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil and mix.
  1. In the same wok, heat the 1 tbsp vegetable oil over a medium to high heat. Add the carrot and onion and fry for 2-3 minutes. Next add in the marinated beef and fry for a minute or two until mostly browned.
  2. Add in the marinated rice cakescapsicumshiitake mushroom, and green onion. Continue frying for another minute or two, then turn off the heat and serve immediately.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Cooking Time – Thinner slices of meat and veggies will cook quicker, so you may need to adjust your cooking time accordingly. 
  • StorageStore in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. Why not cook up an extra big batch and portion out into airtight containers for easy lunches and dinners later on.
  • Add Spice – Add a ½ – 1 tbsp of gochujang (chilli paste) or gochugaru (chilli powder) to the marinade. Or sprinkle the finished dish with rayu chilli oil to taste.
  • Garnish Ideas – Top with a blend of black and white sesame seeds or gomashio sesame salt. We love a combination of shichimi togarashi, aonori seaweed powder or furikake rice seasoning. You could even add a sprinkling or two of crispy fried shallots for flavour and texture.

FAQs

What other recipe can I make with rice cakes / Korean tteok?

Korean rice cakes are a very versatile ingredient. For entrees, use them in tteokkochi rice cake skewers. For main dishes, they are great in traditional spicy tteokbokki, dakgalbi or Korean army stew. You can even have them for dessert! Fry them up in a pan, similar to tteokkochi, then slather in honey and a sprinkle of sesame seeds – yum! See our rice cakes web story for even more ideas.

What’s the difference between tteokbokki and gungjung tteokbokki?

Tteokbokki are rice cakes in a spicy gochujang sauce, whereas gungjung tteokbokki is the non spicy version with rice cakes in a soy and sesame infused sauce.

Can I use frozen tteok / rice cakes?

Yes, that’s fine. You’ll be boiling them, which will help to break them apart as they thaw. If you find they’re still sticking together, add a dash of vegetable oil to the water to help them separate.

Bowl filled with rice cakes, beef, carrot, capsicum and spring onion.

Variations

More classic Korean recipes to try next:

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Close up shot of gungjung tteokbokki stir fry showing the cooked beef, rice cakes and vegetables.

Gungjung Tteokbokki – Non Spicy Tteokbokki Stir Fry

Gungjung tteokbokki is super FAST and so delicious! Ready in 20 minutes, this non spicy tteokbokki stir fry is our go-to for an easy weeknight dinner, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $10

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 L water for boiling
  • 250 g Korean rice cakes (tteok) frozen or fresh
  • 150 g sizzle steak sliced thin or shabu shabu beef
  • 1-2 shiitake mushrooms sliced, sub with white mushrooms or enoki
  • 1 capsicum / bell pepper red or green, julienned
  • 1 carrot julienned
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 3 spring onion / green onion chopped into 8 cm / 3 inch lengths.
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For the beef marinade:

For the tteok marinade:

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, pop in the beef slices along with the marinade (soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, garlic, sesame seeds and salt & pepper to taste).
    150 g sizzle steak, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp garlic, ½ tbsp sesame seeds, Salt and pepper
  • While that marinates, bring the water to a boil in a wok. Add in the rice cakes and boil until they are soft and float (around 2-3 minutes, extra if frozen). Drain and transfer rice cakes into a small bowl. Pour over the soy sauce and sesame oil and mix.
    1 L water, 250 g Korean rice cakes (tteok), 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil
  • In the same wok, heat the vegetable oil over a medium to high heat. Add the carrot and onion and fry for 2-3 minutes. Next add in the marinated beef and fry for a minute or two until mostly browned. Add in the marinated rice cakescapsicumshiitake mushroom, and green onion. Continue frying for another minute or two, then turn off the heat and serve immediately.
    1-2 shiitake mushrooms, 1 capsicum / bell pepper, 1 carrot, 1/2 onion, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 3 spring onion / green onion

Video

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Recipe Notes

  • Tteok / Korean Rice Cakes – ​​You can use the long cylinder-shaped rice cakes known as garae-tteok, or flat rice cakes sliced diagonally. It’s more common to use the cylinders, but the flat rice cakes taste just as good. The best place to look for them is the fridge or freezer section of Korean convenience stores or Asian groceries, or you can make them at home. If you can’t source or make rice cakes, leave them out and serve the stir fry over steamed rice. 
  • Steak – We use thinly sliced sizzle steak but shabu shabu beef or stir fry steak will also work well. Sub with chicken, pork, diced firm tofu or leave it out.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms – These add a delicious umami flavour to the dish. Use fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms reconstituted in warm water for 10-15 minutes before cooking. Sub with regular white or brown mushrooms, enoki, or leave them out. 
  • Veggies – Common ingredients include thinly sliced capsicum / bell pepper, carrot, brown onion and spring onion / green onion. Use your favourite combinations or use up leftover veggies from the fridge – think bok choy, broccolini, zucchini, etc. 
  • Marinade – The marinade is made up of soy sauce (regular, not dark), mirin (sub with water and sugar), sesame oil, garlic and sesame seeds, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Alternate Marinades – Try marinating the beef or your other chosen proteins in homemade bulgogi sauce (soy based marinade) or all purpose gochujang sauce (spicy marinade).
  • Cooking Time – Thinner slices of meat and veggies will cook quicker, so you may need to adjust your cooking time accordingly. 
  • StorageStore in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. Why not cook up an extra big batch and portion out into airtight containers for easy lunches and dinners later on.
  • Add Spice – Add a ½ – 1 tbsp of gochujang (chilli paste) or gochugaru (chilli powder) to the marinade. Or sprinkle the finished dish with rayu chilli oil to taste.
  • Garnish Ideas – Top with a blend of black and white sesame seeds or gomashio sesame salt. We love a combination of shichimi togarashi, aonori seaweed powder or furikake rice seasoning. You could even add a sprinkling or two of crispy fried shallots for flavour and texture.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gungjung Tteokbokki – Non Spicy Tteokbokki Stir Fry
Amount per Serving
Calories
398
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
23
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
812
mg
35
%
Potassium
 
321
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
62
g
21
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
Vitamin A
 
3575
IU
72
%
Vitamin C
 
42
mg
51
%
Calcium
 
54
mg
5
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jane
    23/08/2022 at 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    Korean food is amazing and so is this recipe! I LOVE tteok and if you haven’t tried it you MUST!
    This recipe is easy and versatile, change up the veggies but I think beef is the best protein to use. So yummy, filling and satisfying and the leftovers are amazing the next day too. I like to chop up some kimchi, mix with a touch of sesame oil and sugar and serve it on the side. This will be a regular on my menu. Fab!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/08/2022 at 9:21 am

      Hey Jane, thanks so much for your feedback. Really love your idea with the kimchi, we’ll be giving that a go next round too. 😀

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