Rice Cake (Gyungdan) Recipe

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Submitted by figsinseason

Makes 40 servings

Traditional Korean rice cakes. From: http://www.maangchi.com

Recipe Ingredients for Rice Cake (gyungdan)

2 cups of Mochiko powder
3/4 cup of boiling water (or 1 cup)
1 salt
6 tbsp sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup of red beans
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup black sesame seeds
1 cup corn starch
2 cups flour

Recipe Directions for Rice Cake (gyungdan)

  1. Step 1:

  2. Make red bean paste

  3. In a pot, place 1 cup of washed red beans and 4 cups of water and heat it over high heat for 10 minutes.

  4. Lower the heat to low medium and simmer for 50 minutes.

  5. Check if the beans are cooked fully. Remove extra water from the beans and crush them with a wooden spoon.

  6. Add 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 ts of salt, 1 ts of cinnamon powder into the red bean paste and set it aside.

  7. Step 2:

  8. Prepare 3 bowls where 3 different kinds of powder will be placed for the rice cake balls

  9. Black sesame seeds:

  10. * Rinse and drain cup of black sesame seeds in running water using a strainer.

  11. * Heat a pan over medium heat and pour in the sesame seeds.

  12. * Cook the sesame seeds by stirring with a wooden spoon.

  13. * The sesame seeds will pop, then lower the heat and keep stirring until they are crispy. (5- 10 minutes)

  14. * When the sesame seeds cool down, grind them with a coffee grinder.

  15. * Transfer the sesame seeds powder to a bowl and add 2 tbs sugar and a pinch of salt and mix it.

  16. Put cup of toasted soybean powder (kong gaa ru in Korean) in a bowl and add 2 tbs of sugar and a pinch of salt and mix it.

  17. Put cup of mugwort powder (ssook gaa ru in Korean) in a bowl and add 2 tbs of sugar and a pinch of salt and mix it

  18. Step 3:

  19. Make rice cake dough.

  20. In a bowl, place 2 cups of sweet rice powder, 2 tbs of sugar, 1 ts of salt.

  21. Pour 2/3 cup of hot water little by little while you are mixing it with a spoon

  22. Mix the dough by hand.

  23. *tips: if you feel the dough is too wet, add some plain flour

  24. Put the rice cake dough into a plastic bag and set it aside

  25. Step 4:

  26. In a big pot, place a lot of water and boil it

  27. Let?s make rice cake!

  28. Take the rice cake dough out from the plastic bag and place it on the cutting board.

  29. Tip: To protect the dough from being stuck to the board, sprinkle some plain flour before placing the rich cake dough.

  30. Divide the dough into 2 and roll each one to make cylinder shape and cut it into 18-20 pieces.

  31. Roll each piece of rice dough with your hands and make a hole in the middle of the ball with your thumb. Then turn the ball into a cup.

  32. Put the bean paste into the middle.

  33. Close it tightly and place it on a plate.

  34. Tip: While you are making rice balls, the rest of dough may get dried, so cover them with wet cloth or paper towel.

  35. Carefully put all the rice cake balls into boiling water. When the rice cake balls are cooked, they float. It will take about 3 -5 minutes until they float.

  36. Prepare lots of cold water in a big bowl.

  37. Put the cooked rice balls into cold water and drain them.

  38. Roll the cooked rice balls in the 3 different colors of powder and transfer them to a plate.

  39. Enjoy it!


Dessert, Asian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 36.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3% Iron 5%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


Calorie Breakdown
Nutrition Breakdown
Daily Values
Daily Values

Health Information

Nutrition Grade
95% confidence
  Good points
  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  •   Bad points
  • High in sugar
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