Garaeddeok (Sticky Rice Tube) is used in ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake) and ddeokguk. The spicy rice cake ddeokbokki is popular street food in South Korea and I will show you how to make it.
So before we go into the main event, let’s have a bit of a Korean language lesson. If any of our Korean friends are reading this, correct me if I’m wrong ok? So… ddeok is Korean for rice cake. That’s the easy part, but what about garae? Garae comes from the verb gaeuda which means “to divide”. Divided rice cake is the rough translation of Garaeddeok. Do you follow? If not that’s alright, what’s important is how to make it!
You can find pre-made sticky rice tube in Korean grocery markets. But if there is no Korean store near you, this recipe can help you make it at home. you need short grain rice flour. The flour you buy at your local store or the flour you make may have more or less moisture in it than the rice flour I used. This is due to different things. Like how long it’s been in the freezer or the atmospheric conditions where you live. You can add more or less boiling water, depending on how dry or wet your short grain rice flour is.
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Tips for Garaeddeok
- If you are using frozen rice flour (maessal garu), the dough should be less watery. Add water gradually until you reach the following consistency. When you grab a handful, the dough is bound together but when you squeeze it hard, it breaks into bits.
Garaeddeok (Sticky Rice Tube)
- 2 cups short-grain rice flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ¾ cup water (boiling water)
- In a bowl. Add short-grain rice flour, salt, and carefully pour boiling water.
- Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Stir until dough forms.
- Steam the dough in a steamer for about 30 min or until the dough is cooked inside. Make sure there is enough water in the steamer.
- Remove the dough from a steamer. Pound the cooked dough with a wooden pestle or you can use a rolling pin.
- Roll the dough into a long tubular (cylinder) shape. Approximately ½” to ¾” (or 1.5 to 2 cm) diameter.
- Cut the tubes into 2 to 2½” (5 to 6 cm) length to use them for ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake).
- You can store them in a ziplock bag or airtight container and freeze them for a month. Thaw them water first when ready to cook ddeokbokki. Bon Appetit!