In Hawaii, poke, a salad of marinated uncooked tuna, can be found in pretty much every situation where food is present. I’ve seen it on fancy hotel buffets next to the seafood bar, in the deli section of grocery stores, and on the table by the tub at family potlucks and birthday parties. Here's the thing: Poke is pretty simple to make. All the work for this recipe happens when you’re grocery shopping because the ingredients are what really matter.
When I came across this crispy pan fried ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake) recipe, I was immediately sold. I was so attracted to the color of this dish (like a moth to light), I knew I had to make it. To be honest, I wasn’t too hopeful on the taste. Normally, the ddeokbokki I know is served in a pool of spicy sweet chilli sauce and even though the sauce is slurpingly-good, the rice cake usually left me with little to desire.