I will never be able to recreate the heavenly cheese tteokbooki I used to eat in the small restaurants in Seoul, but this is a delicious take on the veganized cheesy version of tteokbokki. Tteok is a yummy rice cake Koreans use in various dishes, mainly soups. Tteokbokki is a popular street snack in Korea made with these chewy rice cakes smothered in a spicy, sweet and salty sauce.
There's actually two versions of cheese tteokbokki: one is made with the spicy sauce and then melting cheese over it. Or this version that rather resembles a Korean mac 'n cheese, replacing the macaroni with tteok. I made the latter tossing my tteoks in the cheesy sauce, naturally vegan (with potato and carrots), gluten-free and without any nuts, so everyone can enjoy them.
- 1 large peeled and chopped russet potato
- 2–3 peeled and chopped carrots
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 3/4–1 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp miso
- 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
- 900 g Korean rice cakes
- to taste red pepper flakes
- to top scallion, chopped
- to top sesame seeds
1. Add the potatoes and carrots to a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, until fork tender.
2. Drain the potatoes and carrots and add them directly to the blender with the non-dairy milk, veggie broth, nutritional yeast, sesame oil, lemon juice, sea salt, paprika powder, corn starch, miso, salt, onion and garlic powder. Blend on high until silky smooth.
3. Over medium heat, add the cheese sauce to a pot. Stir the sauce constantly until thick and starts to slightly stretch, around 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to low heat. Stir in the rice cakes until all the pieces are covered.
4. Serve immediately and garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.
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