Gangnam Style Carbonara TteokBokkI

까르보나라 떡볶이, CcaReuBoNaRa TteokbokkI

Recently, the Korean singer PSY became very popular on the Internet with his new song, “Gangnam Style.” Personally, I love the melody and his dance. I wanted to post something for you inspired by his song. The song is about a certain area in South Korea. People might wonder what kind of Korean food is popular or unique to Gangnam, Seoul. There are many, but today I want to introduce one very delicious and popular fusion food that is sold in Gangnam. It is called carbonara tteokbokki which is similar to cream pasta using sticky rice cakes instead of pasta. I hope you enjoy it.

Yield: 2 Servings

Short Korean Lesson

  • SeGeum (세금) = Tax
  • TalSe (탈세) = Tax Evasion

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Sticky Rice Cakes for Tteokbokki (1 lb)
  • 5 Strips Bacon
  • ½ Cup Onion
  • ½ Cup Broccoli
  • ½ Cup Button Mushrooms
  • ⅓ Cup Red Sweet Pepper
  • ⅓ Cup Yellow Sweet Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, Sliced

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Salted Butter
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 Pinches Black Pepper



Obtain 5 strips of bacon and cut it into ½-inch pieces. I used turkey bacon this time.


Chop ½ cup worth of onion, ½ cup worth of broccoli, ½ cup worth of button mushrooms, ⅓ cup worth of red sweet pepper, and ⅓ cup worth of yellow sweet pepper into bite sized pieces. Slice 1 Tbsp worth of garlic thinly. This dish normally does not have the sweet peppers and mushrooms; I added them for better color and nutrition.


Melt 2 Tbsp of salted butter in a heated pan. Add the garlic, mushroom, and onion. Fry for about a minute on medium-high.


Add the bacon and fry for another 2 minutes on medium-high.


Pour 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 cup of milk into the pan.


Add 3 cups of sticky rice cakes. Once the milk and whipping cream stars to boil, cook for 3 minutes on medium-high. Occasionally stir it so the sticky rice cakes will not stick to the bottom of the pan.


Add the chopped sweet peppers and broccoli.


Mix in 2 Tbsp of parmesan cheese, ¼ tsp of salt, and 2 pinches of black pepper. Depend on your tastes, you can adjust these amounts.


Cook for 3 minutes, or until the rice cakes become soft on medium-high. When the sauce thickens, it is done.


The color is pretty and the flavor is great. I love this kind of fusion Korean food. :) Try it someday.


  1. Julie says

    The title made me smile. Gangnam Style sonog of Psy is super in nowadays. It is just right to name this dish after that.

  2. AlvinaTj says

    Hey! This is such a great website! I’ve been watching Family Outing again and there are some food that they make (morning breakfast!) which looks so good. One of them is “Jippang(?)”, steamed red bean bun (with pumpkin and plain). Would you mind sharing the recipe? Thanks!!

  3. Beverly says

    Annyeonghaseyo. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I tasted this many months ago at a local restaurant here in HI (without the veggies and bacon)and have been looking for a recipe ever since. I am going to give this a try! Kamsahamnida & God Bless you! 😀

  4. says

    I am very happy to have found your blog 😛 .
    I have a blog of Italian recipes, but I like to try new flavors.
    I credoche your recipes are delicious.
    Thank you

    • says

      hi albertocook,
      Nice to meet you:) My husband bookmarked your cooking blog..since he likes Italian food ( .. he wants to try some of your recipes for him someday..hehe Hope to see you more often here. Thanks :)

  5. JoAnne Han says

    I love 떡볶이 and cream pasta but would never think to put the two together. Thank you for the recipe…can’t wait to try!

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