Soy-Glazed Pork & Rice Cakes with Bok Choy & Marinated Green Beans
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Soy-Glazed Pork & Rice Cakes

with Bok Choy & Marinated Green Beans

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This recipe is a late-summer take on one of our favorite dishes: tteokbokki, starring chewy Korean rice cakes. Sautéed bok choy and fairy tale eggplants (a petite specialty variety) lighten up our hearty base of pork and rice cakes, while a soy and black bean sauce brings it all together with savory flavor and a touch of heat. For a refreshing counterpoint, we’re topping off each bowl with crisp, ginger-marinated green beans.

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Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the green beans. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut the eggplants into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the root ends of the bok choy; roughly chop. In a bowl, combine the soy glaze, black bean sauce, and as much of the gochujang as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

Cook & marinate the green beans:
2 Cook & marinate the green beans:

Fill a medium bowl with ice water; add a pinch of salt and set aside. Add the green beans to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright green and slightly softened. Leaving the pot of water boiling, using a slotted spoon or strainer, immediately transfer the cooked green beans to the bowl of ice water. Let stand until cool; drain thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Wipe out the bowl. In the same bowl, combine the cooled green beans, half the ginger, and half the sesame oil; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the pork:
3 Cook the pork:

While the green beans marinate, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground pork (removing and discarding the paper lining from the bottom); season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Cook the vegetables & finish the pork:
4 Cook the vegetables & finish the pork:

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplants in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add the white bottoms of the scallions and remaining ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the cooked pork, bok choy, sauce, and ½ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly thickened and thoroughly combined.

Cook the rice cakes:
5 Cook the rice cakes:

While the vegetables cook, add the rice cakes to the same pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly.

Finish the rice cakes & serve your dish:
6 Finish the rice cakes & serve your dish:

Add the cooked rice cakes to the pan of vegetables and pork. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through and thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat; stir in the crème fraîche and remaining sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide among 4 dishes. Top with the marinated green beans (including any liquid). Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the green beans. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Peel and finely chop the ginger. Cut the eggplants into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Cut off and discard the root ends of the bok choy; roughly chop. In a bowl, combine the soy glaze, black bean sauce, and as much of the gochujang as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

2 Cook & marinate the green beans:

Fill a medium bowl with ice water; add a pinch of salt and set aside. Add the green beans to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright green and slightly softened. Leaving the pot of water boiling, using a slotted spoon or strainer, immediately transfer the cooked green beans to the bowl of ice water. Let stand until cool; drain thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Wipe out the bowl. In the same bowl, combine the cooled green beans, half the ginger, and half the sesame oil; season with salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook & marinate the green beans:
Cook the pork:
3 Cook the pork:

While the green beans marinate, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground pork (removing and discarding the paper lining from the bottom); season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

4 Cook the vegetables & finish the pork:

In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplants in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add the white bottoms of the scallions and remaining ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the cooked pork, bok choy, sauce, and ½ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly thickened and thoroughly combined.

Cook the vegetables & finish the pork:
Cook the rice cakes:
5 Cook the rice cakes:

While the vegetables cook, add the rice cakes to the same pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly.

6 Finish the rice cakes & serve your dish:

Add the cooked rice cakes to the pan of vegetables and pork. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through and thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat; stir in the crème fraîche and remaining sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide among 4 dishes. Top with the marinated green beans (including any liquid). Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Finish the rice cakes & serve your dish: