My daughter’s friend loves to watch the videos at Eat Your Kimchi, especially the food related videos. She saw the video about ddukbokki and has had a hankering to try some ever since. My daughter ever-so-graciously offered to have me make some for her to try.
Here’s the thing: I’ve made several attempts at ddukbokki, with various degrees of success, but none that would make me go “Wow! I could eat this every day!” I’ve tried four completely different recipes, hoping to find one that would let me understand why the dish is so popular.
Attempt 1: massive fail. It was terrible. Had to throw it out.
Attempt 2: not bad, but not awe-inspiring either.
Attempt 3: this recipe included cabbage and bacon. Bacon makes everything better, right? Well, it wasn’t bad but I don’t necessarily want to eat it again.
Attempt 4: So hot I could barely eat it, and it lacked the sauce I see in pictures.
After all that, you would think I’d be ready to give up, but I tried again. Today I made two different recipes, still trying to find the one that would spark a love for ddukbokki in my heart.
And it happened! The first one was a very basic recipe found here. It was really good. The second recipe is actually not ddukbokki per se, it’s called ggochi and I found the recipe here. However, I didn’t have any skewers so I just pan fried the rice sticks separately and then tossed them in the sauce.
Omo…that second recipe…it was SO good! That’s going to be the recipe I use from now on, cause I could seriously eat this stuff every day!
I also made another batch of kimchi jjigae for my daughter’s friend to try. Everything got two thumbs up, so yay!