1small Korean sweet potato (goguma 고구마), about 6 ounces
8ouncestteokbokki tteok 떡볶기 떡 (10 to 12 pieces), rice cakes
6 - 8kkaennip (깻잎), perilla leaves
1/2cupshredded cheese (mozzarella, pizza blend, etc.) or more to taste -- optional
green or red leaf lettuce and ssamjang - optionalsee note
2tablespoonsgochugaru, 고추가루 Use 1 to 1.5 TBS for less spicy dish
1 teaspoonKorean curry powder 카레가루Powder form of curry sauce mix
1/2tablespooncorn or oligo syrup (or more sugar)
Optional fried rice:
2servings cooked rice
1tablespoondak galbi sauce reserved
1sheet roasted gim (김), dried seaweed sheet
1 teaspoonroasted sesame seeds
Soak the rice cakes in cold water for about 20 minutes.
Mix all the sauce ingredients well in a bowl.
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
Combine the chicken pieces with the sauce (reserving one tablespoon if you’re going to make fried rice at the end) and marinate while preparing vegetables.
Cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise and then thinly slice crosswise and slightly diagonally. Cut the cabbage, kkaennip, and scallion into small pieces.
Heat a pan over medium high heat. You can add a tablespoon of oil if you want, but it should not be necessary. Add the chicken, sweet potatoes, rice cakes, and cabbages. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat if the ingredients (especially the rice cakes) stick to the pan and browns too fast. The steam from the vegetables should keep them from sticking to the pan, but you can also add about 1/4 cup of water.
Add the kkaennip and scallion and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until the rice cake and the sweet potato pieces turn soft. By then the chicken should be cooked through as well. If using cheese, you can add it in this step with 2 to 3 minutes remaining.
Optional Fried Rice
Reheat the pan over medium heat with any leftover chicken and vegetables and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the rice to the pan along with the reserved sauce. Stir constantly until everything is well incorporated and the clumped up rice is broken up, about 5 minutes. You can add a little bit of soy sauce or gochujang if you need more seasoning. Scrape up the flavorful brown bits from the pan while stirring. Tear or crumble the dried seaweed sheet (gim) into small pieces, and stir into the rice. Finish off with the sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil if you want.
Enjoy dakgalbi wrapped in lettuce and/or perilla leaves with a dollop of ssamjang. Delicious!!