tteok rice cakes

I’m so excited, Santa gave me a Lowell Ego Light Set for Christmas!! Now I can finally take good pictures at night, since that’s the only time I have to take my food photos. I’m definitely jealous of food bloggers who have time to cook and photograph during the day!

tteok rice cakes

Unfortunately, Nate will be in California for most of January looking for a full-time job, and he said he’s taking his camera with him. I’ll be left with my crappy point-and-shoot, which I honestly have no idea where it is. But at least the lights might help a bit? I’m so mad because my parents got me a new lens for chanukah and it’s great for food photos!!! Maybe I can convince Nate to leave his camera with me for safe keeping ;)

Anyway, I got the opportunity to use my new lights last weekend when I invited a friend over for dinner! The lights + my new lens were as amazing a team as I’d imagined.

tteok rice cakes

I’m not sure if you’re familar with these korean rice cakes (tteok/dduk). They’re not the puffed rice cakes you’re probably thinking of that we eat in america. Instead, tteok are made of glutinous rice flour and when cooked, they become chewy and delicious. They come in many shapes this particular type is sliced into little flat disks.


I had only had them before in korean soups, where they act kind of like noodles or dumplings. Recently, however, I came across this recipe in which they’re stir-fried and they become slightly puffy and crispy on the outside, and I was intrigued! *You can find them in the freezer section of your local asian grocery store.

tteok rice cakes

I don’t think this dish is authentically from any asian cuisine in particular- more of a mix of korean and chinese. It was super quick to make and really delicious! I added some mushrooms to bulk it up a bit more in the veggie department.

tteok rice cakes

Stir-fried Spicy Rice Cakes with Pork and Mushrooms

Slightly adapted from Cooking LIght

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Serves 4

2 tablespoons dark sesame oil, divided
4 cups sliced rice cakes (rice ovalettes), divided
1 bunch green onions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
12 ounces lean ground pork
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson)
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
4 lime wedges

Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 2 cups rice cakes, separating the stuck-together ones as best as you can (otherwise they won’t cook as well); stir-fry 3 minutes or until blistered, turning to brown on both sides. Remove rice cakes from pan; place in a large bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add remaining 2 cups rice cakes; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add green onions to pan, and stir-fry for 1 minute or until rice cakes are blistered, turning to brown on both sides. Remove rice cake mixture from pan; add to cooked rice cakes.

Add pork to pan; sauté for 2 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add mushrooms and saute 2 more min or until brown.

Stir in chopped onion, and salt; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in cornstarch. Gradually add stock; bring to a boil. Stir in soy sauce and sambal; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Divide rice cake mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 3/4 cup pork mixture. Serve with lime wedges.


  1. I adore Asian inspired dishes…and this one looks amazing! I’ve never seen nor eaten this type of rice cake, but I’m definitely game for giving them a try! Thanks so much for tracking me down!

  2. Santa was so nice to you! The pictures look wonderful. I remember getting a new lens for food photography for Christmas last year and I was so amazed at what a difference it made. It is still is a lot more fun taking pictures. Your lighting looks fabulous, too. I had never heard of those rice cakes but they sound really good. I love trying new things.

    • Hehe, he was indeed! I’m so excited not to have to edit the crap out of my photos anymore (and still not have great results). Yes, the lens is seriously amazing. I got the cheaper version that doesn’t zoom, though, so it’s a big frustrating, but still awesome for closeups :) Which lens do you have??

  3. I’m totally intrigued by your new lights. (And I want some.) Did you use both lights for the shot? Did you place them across from one another? Did you have to use reflectors? DID ANY CATS GET INVOLVED?!?! I’m so excited. I feel like we both got a gift…

    • Hahaha. I totally understand your excitement… these lights are amazing! I actually only used one light and it comes with a little reflective board that I put opposite it. It was super simple to set up. I’ll take a pic next time I have it all set up for you :) Honestly, now that I have it, I wish I had only asked for one light since I don’t know when I’ll ever use both at once.

      I wish LC took part in this. Perhaps next time she’ll be a paw model :)

  4. Mmm I know I would LOVE those rice cakes! I love all things glutinous rice. :) Wherever did you buy them??

    So you guys will be moving to California?!?!?

    I use the lowell lights also and they’re great! A tip for the point and shoot if you HAVE to use it…make sure you put it on the macro setting with the little flower. That works wonders!

    • If you love all things glutinous rice then you will most definitely love these. You can get them at the H Mart on 32nd street in Korea town. They’re in the refrigerator or freezer section in a GIANT bag. Also, if you go there you will find all kinds of other fun food stuff :) I’m sure you’ll love it!

      We’re not sure about Cali…if Nate finds a job there then I guess we’re goin :( I really don’t want to leave the east coast but there’s just more jobs out there in his field.

      Thanks so much for the tips about the camera! I will definitely try that out :)

  5. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    What a great gift from Santa – so useful when day time picture taking is not possible… your snaps look good Amy and so does this warming dish. I absolutely must track down those little rice cakes… I’ve never come across them before – great discovery – and they do look perfect for stir-fries, etc. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Kelly! Yes, definitely find the rice cakes. Like I said, any asian grocery store should have them. They’re really great in soup too!!

  6. Amy and the Lowell Ego Light Set on TASTESPOTTING – Woo-hoo!!! :).

  7. Santa ROCKS. I do luck out on getting to do photos during the day, but it does mean that full blown dinner meals get made at 9 am sometimes and reheated. :) your light set is awesome!! Message to Nate: Listen, take yourself, leave the camera. Aren’t you supposed to be looking for jobs, anyway? make the most of your time. and by that, i mean leave Amy your camera, Beardy. :)
    this looks SO delicious…gotta love Cooking light for awesome recipes to play with, right? I’m all about asian food right now, too, so this will be showing up on my own table (and hopefully at actual dinnertime, since i won’t need to worry about photographing it.)

    • You know, I always wondered about whether daytime photos meant dinner for breakfast. That confirms it I guess. I’ll make sure Nate reads your message ;)

  8. I cook Asian quite often. I haven’t seen Korean rice cakes before – I thought they were water chestnuts! I’m glad Santa looked after you really well for Christmas – those lights will be a big help xx

    • These are way better than water chestnuts. They add a great texture- you should def see if you can find them if you love asian food! :)

  9. Those rice cakes looks really interesting, I eat a lot of stir frys and I think they’d make them really interesting, I’ll have to keep a look out. Are these photos with your new lights?? They look amazing. I got a light box for my b’day last year and I really need to learn to use it, the light in my kitchen can be woeful.

  10. What an awesome gift! Your photos look gorgeous.
    Also I LOVE stir fry. Even though I have never actually made it myself..

  11. I have never seen or heard of rice cakes, this is something I will have to try. Glad you got want you wanted for Christmas, extra lighting at night is important, something I am still working towards.

    • Oooh, you should totally try to get them! They’re so interesting…different than anything I’ve ever had before :) Let me know if you try them!

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