Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tukbokki: Spicy Korean Mochi Cuisine

Tukbokki looks like this, yo!
Red and spicy... :)
Tuk means mochi, and bokki means stir-fried.
So it's literally stir-fried mochi that is spicy and delicious.

If you like this food (or you WILL like it when you try it!),
you should go to the Tukbokki Festival that happens every year., I guess they call it Topokki, not tukbokki, but I think tukbokki gives a more
accurate way to call it the way it's supposed to sound.

This is what you pay with, in this place.
It's basically the same 1,000 Won paper money that we use,
but it has cute tukbokki characters on it.
It was pretty cute...

I was kind of worried at first because there wasn't many people in that place,

but the place was spacious and colorful, and more and more people came as time passed.
There even came tukbokki ingredient characters. Those were cute :)

Because there were lots of exotic kinds of tukbokki, they let the guests try them
for free. There really were some exotic kinds!
When tukbokki is usually red and spicy, there were ones that were not spicy and tasted
completely differently.

Like, this one is Chicken Teriyaki Tukbokki,
which probably would be Western guests' favorite,

and this is sweet and spicy chilli tukbokki.

This is Jjajang Tukbokki.
If you've tried Jjajangmyun (Chinese-Korean fusion food), you'll really like this one, too.
This one's not spicy at all. It's rather sweet.

For people who wanted to make this at home, they sold
various kinds of tukbokki cuisine sauces, so that people could just
pour these sauce over their tuk (mochi) and just stir-fry them.
That's so convenient!!

They also had different kinds of tuk(mochi) selling.
The purple and the green ones are from red sweet potatoes and green tea.
Those two are known to be really healthy for you.

Different colors
and different shapes.
I see some turtles, squids, whales, and sharks.
All the sea organisms that kids love :)

For the parents having to take care of little kids, and cannot really enjoy this festival,
they set up a safe playground for kids to play.

.... uhh.... this kid's okay, right?

They even had events that gave prices like tukbokki discount coupons
or even little tukbokki dolls and other cutsie stuff.

In the midst of this casual, care-free atmosphere,
there were some really intense things going on there, too.
There were tukbokki competitions going on,
and boy, was it quiet and hot in there...

I'll let you know how their art piece looked like in not long!

There's a cute little boy posing for their parents, hehe.

They named a kind of a tukbokki an "Okki" to make it easier
for foreigners to call. It's  becoming pretty popular among other people now.

They were also selling other rice products like sweet rice mochi snacks, rice bread, and such.

This one below is also made of rice, and it has a shape of a fish.
No, no! It doesn't taste anything like fish, and nothing close to fish goes in there.
It's just the shape that looks like fish.
It's sweet, and it has sweet red bean paste there.
It's a healthy snack!

They also offered little kids some concentration games that quizzed the
kids about knowledge of rices and their products that required concentration.
Some kids were actually really good...!

This one challenged kids of how many rounds of hoola-hoops they could do.
Some kids were so good they were challenged with TWO hoola hoops!

Here's another big part of the festival.
It was the rice noodles, that were healthier than just ordinary noodles.
All you had to do was pour the boiling water and wait for 10 seconds.
That's almost like 20 times faster than the normal cup noodles.

This little tuk (mochi) package was for people who liked putting them in their Ramen.
I personally love doing this, too. It brings up the level of the ramen's taste and the texture.

These are fries.
Anywhere they sell tukbokki, they sell vegetables and seafood fries, too.
They go along very well with tukbokki.

Here's the perfect tukbokki combo...!
Fries + Tukbokki!
I made this order and enjoyed this all alone.

Since Christmas was nearing, they were also accepting donations.

and of course, they cannot forget to decorate the Christmas tree.

People wrote down some wishes and hung the up on the Christmas tree.
You know what would be my wish?
For tukbokki to be easily available internationally, so that you guys can get a chance
to taste your potentially favorite food! :)

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