Render bacon till really crisp, fry Korean rice cakes in the bacon fat, then stir fry half a head of napa cabbage in what's left. Combine everything together with enough gochujang to make a sauce for a meal that takes almost no effort but reaps boundless rewards.
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The hardest part about this recipe is tracking down the ingredients. Obviously, a Korean market is your best bet, but if you're not blessed with one nearby, it might require some searching. Luckily, once you have everything, it's an absolute breeze.
I've been infatuated with Korean cuisine for years now but never really understood rice cakes. They always seemed so mushy, bland, and covered in sweet sauce. But a recent midnight snack at a Korean bar changed everything. Instead of boiled, these were grilled, so they had that crackly outer layer, which gave way to a tender and succulent inside. They were also tossed with this fiery red sauce, which forced you to keep a drink close at hand.
This recipe for Kimchi Stew with Rice Cakes from the Momofuku cookbook is addictively good. David Chang uses two-week old kimchi (fresh and crisp with a not-too-sour taste), any type of broth (he suggests pork; no big surprise given Momofuku's obsession with pork), and rice cakes made with glutinous rice.