Fried Rice Cakes with Bacon and Cabbage Recipe

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Recipe Details

Fried Rice Cakes with Bacon and Cabbage Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 30 mins
Serves 2 to 3 servings


  • 4 ounces bacon, chopped

  • 8 ounces Korean rice cake sticks, chopped into 2-inch lengths (thawed if frozen)

  • 1/2 head Napa cabbage, roughly chopped (4 to 5 cups)

  • 4 tablespoons gochujang

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Japanese seven-spice powder (shichimi togarashi; optional)

  • 4 tablespoons sliced scallions, for garnish


  1. Heat a large, heavy skillet on low heat and add bacon. Fry until bacon is very crisp with several tablespoons of fat rendered into the pan, adding water if pan looks to dry. Bacon is ready when small soapy bubbles form around sides. Remove bacon pieces to drain on paper towels.

  2. Increase heat to high. When fat begins to smoke, add rice cakes in a single layer. Let fry undisturbed for 15 to 20 seconds until a crust forms, then toss with an offset spatula to release cakes from pan. Fry until crusty on several sides, then set aside to drain on paper towels.

  3. Let pan heat until smoking, then add cabbage and a very small pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until cabbage is just tender with plenty of blistered black spots.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon water, gochujang, soy sauce, vinegar, and seven spice powder to pan. Stir to coat cabbage, then fold in rice cakes and bacon. Toss until coated with sauce, top with scallions, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
437 Calories
17g Fat
61g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 437
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 1932mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 308mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)