Tteok-bokki (떡볶이) and Gimbap (김밥)

In South Korea, there is such a thing called "Bunsikjeom (분식점)." It is literally translated as "restaurants with food made from flour." Bunsikjeom sells a variety of affordable menus, whose prices usually range from $2 to $8: Tteok-bokki, Gimbap, Sundae, fried rice, noodle, etc. And Tteok-bokki (떡볶이; stir-fried rice cakes) and Gimbap (김밥; seaweed rice roll) are probably one of the most popular menus out there. Simply speaking, Tteok-bokki is a dish made with garae-tteok (Korean rice cake), gochujang (Korean chili paste), fishcakes, and boiled eggs. Its sauce tends to be a little sticky and spicy. And Gimbap is a seaweed rice roll dish made from rice and many different ingredients that are rolled into seaweed. For ingredients, people generally use carrots, cucumbers, cheese, tuna, ham, spinach, etc. Usually, the dish is served as bite-sized slices. Personally, I have to order both of them if I feel like eating any of them. They should be served together. What I usually do is dipping a slice of Gimbap into Tteok-bokki sauce to "season" it before putting it into my mouth. Doing this just adds a different flavor to Gimbap. I even heard that some people finish everything on Tteok-bokki except the sauce to deconstruct Gimbap slices in it so that they can mix them together like a fried rice dish. Honestly, there are tons of different ways to enjoy them. Try them yourself 😄 @officialtheasians theasians.org

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