Tteok galbi(Grilled short Rib Patties)


Tteok-galbi was a Korean royal beef dish once enjoyed by Kings and queens.

This is very popular among Koreans.
There are many places that specialise only in this dish and traditionally this is cooked on the grill or griddle. When you pass the places where “Tteok –galbi” is being sold it will make your mouth water from the delicious barbecue smell.

Tteok-galbi, Galbi means “rib” and Tteok means “rice cake” but we do not use rice in this dish at all. 

Galbi has a moderate degree of fat so when you barbecue it renders the fat down to produce a tender, moist, chewy and crisp taste. However I used  a normal minced beef but if you can use rib minced beef, it would be nicer.This dish is a great entrée or as finger food without soy sauce because it takes so little time.

Tteok galbi 2Prepare all the ingredients.

  • You can use red wine instead of sake.
  • You need to use toasted sesame seeds because it gives a crispy aroma and taste
  • If you use normal soy sauce then try less and add some salt if necessary.
  • If you can find minced rib beef this is the best option.
Tteok galbi 3Finely chop all the vegetables and put aside in a wide bowl and mix all the ingredients well.
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Tteok galbi 5
Try a sample and taste it and if it is necessary then season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Tteok galbi 6
I wanted to keep some of “Tteok galbi” as emergency food so I have used a (recycled) finger food package for keeping the food in a good shape.

You can keep them in a freezer and  you can use them for a lunch box.

You can have them without sauce but you might need to add some salt and a little bit of chillies and sugar.

Tteok galbi(Grilled short Rib Patties)

  • Portion: 4-6 people
  • Type : Entrée
  • Time : 30-40 minutes


  • 400 g minced beef
  • 70 g carrots, finely chopped carrots
  • 40 g onions, finely chopped
  • 40 g Romano peppers or baby corns , finely chopped
  • 20 g spring onions or leeks, finely chopped
  • 100 g cooked chestnut, finely chopped
  • 40 g pine nut, finely sliced
  • 20 g parsley, finely chopped
  • 20 g dill, finely chopped
  • 1 medium hot green or red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2/3  tablespoons grated garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon, toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon, light Soy sauce  or 10ml, soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons, sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon, sugar
  • 2 tablespoons, sake or red wine
  • 2 tablespoons, corn flour
  • ½  tablespoon, ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon,  white pepper
  • Pinch of salt if you need after tasting.
  • freshly ground black pepper, if you need after the sample


  1. Prepare all the ingredients and  finely chop all the vegetables
  2. Put the all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix them together and leave it 10-20 minutes.
  3. Fry a sample and taste it. Season with black pepper and a little more salt or sugar as necessary.
  4. Heat a frying pan over a medium low heat with a good drizzle of olive oil. When hot, add the patties and fry for one minute each side twice.
Tteok galbi 7Soy honey and herb sauce

  • 1 tablespoon onions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 teaspoon red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon tossed sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • A pinch of white pepper
Tteok galbi 8This was our main meal with rice.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. alcynism says:

    Those bad guys seem like a lot of work, but I will try this recipe when I am less busy with college. Your main meal with all those side dishes looks awesome and so tasty ! And your pictures are neat, they look professional.

    1. alcynism says:

      oopsie, it should be “bad boys”, not “bad guys”, it’s more idiomatic this way ^^

  2. Hello Emo says:

    Yes you should try these patties. They are really delicious!

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