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Vegan and sold in the frozen section.
– March 10, 2022
Pretty good and sauce is very flavorful! Has a subtle kick. I recommend cooking sauce as recommended but as for the corn puffs I would fry or put in air fryer to make crispy. Corn puffs are chewy regardless if they get crispy on the outside. I highly recommend and will be buying again. This meal was unique and different then all the Asian dishes trader joes has to offer.
– March 13, 2022
I like tteokbokki, I eat it often. This is not tteokbokki. The sauce was sweet. There were no fish cakes. It was genuinely awful. I took 2 bites and threw it out. If you’ve never had tteokbokki, maybe you would think this is good. But if you actually want tteokbokki, this isn’t it. This is rice cakes in a sweet red sauce.
– March 14, 2022
With the extreme caveat that I never expect any asian food from Trader Joe’s to be authentic, I am split down the middle of this product. I cooked the rice cakes in the air fryer as recommended for “extra crispy ” and it still ended up being unpleasantly gummy in the sauce. The last bites were a bit hard to finish. However, I really enjoyed the sauce! A good spice level, albeit a tad sweet. I mad some steamed broccoli and tossed it in with the sauce and rice cakes….the saucy broccoli was the best thing about it. I would love for this sauce to be sold on its own. I would by this again, but honestly only for the sauce packet.
– March 15, 2022
Honestly, it’s what I imagine to be a very westernized version of the original dish. It’s too sweet and the spice is tolerable, which to me makes it a bit inauthentic (haha.) The rice cakes oddly enough don’t have the smell or consistency as they normally would. This one is more bouncy (rubbery?) and lacking in flavor. The broth tasted like green onion, sesame oil, and sugar. Overall, if you’ve never had tteokbokki before you’ll probably like it, but if you have had it before, you’re definitely not going to like it.
– March 18, 2022
It has so much flavor and I enjoyed it very much
– March 19, 2022
My whole family try this product and we loved it!! No need to drive far to K-Town – we got this sto bookie at Trader Joe’s.
– March 24, 2022
I LOVED these, now I want to buy all the items individually and make it every night for dinner. I really like the texture & the sauce is the perfect sweet yet spicy mix.
– March 28, 2022
The flavor and texture was great, but was extremely spicey. If you’re sensitive to spice and heat, caution eating these.
– April 5, 2022
These are so good, perfect texture (springy and chewy) with a wonderful spice to go with the sweetness of the sauce
– April 5, 2022
Pros: Made in Korea; has the correct flavor
Cons: VERY sweet; not spicy at all
Someone at Trader Joe’s must have convinced the manufacturer to make these very sweet to appeal to “Americans” because there is no way these would sell in Korea at that sweetness level. Also, the instructions call for throwing the rice cakes into an airfryer. That’s a mistake because that would create a crust and make it difficult for the sauce to be absorbed. Nobody in Korea would do that.
@Holly: These are not spicy at all.
– April 15, 2022
This is definitely far from authentically Korean, but if you prepare it right, it can be a nice snack.
The sauce: By itself, the sauce isn’t spicy at all and it’s very sweet. It also doesn’t thicken up with only heat, so be prepared to make a corn starch slurry to get it to the right consistency. Personally, I added quite a bit of sriracha in order to make the sauce spicy to my liking, but it would most likely be better if you added gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) or gochugaru (Korean chili flakes) instead.
The rice cakes: I chose to prepare them the “crispy” stovetop way, but honestly, after being combined with the sauce, they lose all crispiness. They’re chewy, but just the right amount of chewy. The mildness of the rice cakes goes really well with the sauce (given that you added things to make it actually spicy). Overall, I really like the consistency, but I’d recommend steering clear if you’re not a fan of chewy textures.
Overall: I think with the right modifications and preparation methods, you can make this dish into something worth making again. By thickening the sauce with a corn starch slurry and adding extra spice, it ended up being delicious. Of course, you can adjust the spiciness level based on your preferences. I mixed the rice cakes into the sauce before dishing it and then topped it with sliced green onions and I really enjoyed it! Trader Joe’s did an alright job with this one, but it’d be nicer if it was actually spicy out of the packaging.
– May 5, 2022
Too sweet and the sauce in mine was weirdly grainy. Tasted like ketchup. Rice cakes wouldn’t absorb the sauce so they had almost no flavor either.
– May 25, 2022
gummy bear consistency, chewy, I made mine with soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, pepper, garlic, the sauce was too spicy for me
– August 5, 2022
Trader Joe’s version of Korea’s traditional 떡볶이 was disappointing, to say the least. Another white-washed version of an ethnic and traditional dish. Not surprising. Meh.
– August 25, 2022
Sauce does not thicken with stovetop sauce directions. Used air fryer for the rice cakes then mixed in the sauce and they’re very chewy. Sauce is delicious if used on some chicken thighs. Spicy and sweet.
– September 3, 2022
I love traditional Tteokbokki, I’m half Korean and live part time in Korea.
While this isn’t completely authentic, it’s pretty close.
Some places in Korea do have a much sweeter Tteokbokki than others. Depends on what you prefer.
When I make the Trader Joe’s Tteokbokki, I soak the rice cakes in mildly warm water while I am preparing the sauce.
Add some fish sauce and soy sauce to the sauce.
Once the sauce comes to a boil add in the rice cakes and fish cakes and egg if you like.
Simmer and slightly boil until it thickens.
It takes longer than the directions on the package.
It will get as thick as you want.
Afterwards add a little cheese if ya like.
– September 4, 2022
– September 8, 2022
– September 19, 2022
The chewy texture of the cakes were not pleasing to me. Will not buy this again
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