Although she grew up in the States, Elaine has a very traditional Korean family. Elaine grew up eating Dukbokki (rice cakes in spicy sauce), but was never a fan of the fishy taste. However, after meeting her husband, who gifted her a Korean cookbook, Elaine began modifying the traditional recipe for a taste more to her liking; she substitutes the traditional fish for ground beef, uses a different type of pasta, and backs the spice down just a smidge.
Elaine’s Dukbokki is a fusion of Korean and Western flavors, which Elaine says is very fitting for her, being both Korean and American–a blend of cultures. We hope you’ll enjoy her one-of-a-kind recipe which can be found below: