Top 10 Places to Eat Spicy Rice Cakes (Tteokbokki) in Koreatown LA

Tteokbokki, aka Korean spicy rice cakes, are one of the most famous Korean street food that you can think of. With chewy rice cakes, fish cakes, and an egg covered with sweet and spicy sauce, it truly tempts your taste buds to water and enjoy. Koreans love to eat and pair tteokbokki with other street food like soondae (Korean blood sausage), fish cake soup, and more. Korean tteokbokki is mostly sweet and spicy, but there has been a recent trend for Koreans to eat it more spicy as there are challenges to eating it extremely spicy. 

In Koreatown, there are many restaurants with delicious tteokbokki. Here are our recommendations. 

1. Yup Dduk LA

Yup Dduk is known for their challenger level for those who can eat spicy food well. Although the tteokbokki is spicier than other restaurants, Yup Dduk is delicious and has side dishes to help lessen the spice of the tteokbokki! Totally recommend eating the mild flavor if you are scared to try the original or anything extremely spicy. 

3603 W 6t,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-2355

2. Jopok Topokki

Jopok Topokki is also a famous Korean spicy rice cake restaurant that serves delicious rice cakes and other dishes. It’s definitely worth a try with your friends if you’re interested in trying new tteokbokki places!

3407 W 6th,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 908-5500

3. Awoolim

Located in Koreatown Plaza food court, Awoolim serves Korean street food with reasonable prices. Their spicy rice cakes are popular and well-loved by customers as it pairs with other street food! It’s definitely worth a try if you are in the area and need a light snack or lunch for the afternoon. 

928 S Western Ave, 
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 388-0053

4. Sinjeon

Sinjeon serves delicious Korean street food with tteokbokki being the top wanted dish. The Rose Tteokbokki is the most ordered and enjoyed by customers, so it’s definitely worth a try if you want to try it out yourself! 

450 S Western Ave Ste 314,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 322-2312

5. CHD

CHD serves Korean street food like no other as the restaurant places most of its focus on dumplings, noodles, and spicy rice cakes. As these three things are the main items on the menu, customers love ordering tteokbokki with dumplings as they make a great combination other than kimbap. 

3377 Wilshire Blvd #104,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 334-4333

6. The Kimbap

Although tteokbokki is not the main star in this restaurant, The Kimbap serves delicious street food that specializes in kimbap. But customers love ordering tteokbokki on the side, which is the perfect combination with kimbap. 

400 S Western Ave #102,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-1040

7. Kimbap Paradise

Kimbap Paradise has many variations of kimbap, but it is necessary to also try their tteokbokki. You dip their delicious kimbap into the spicy rice cake sauce as customers all enjoy doing this. With good portions at a great price, you have to try Kimbap Paradise for the delicious kimbap paired with spicy rice cakes. 

401 Vermont Ave #1&2,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 382-3700

8. Honey Night

Although Honey Night is a gastropub, the spicy rice cakes are also a popular item on the menu that customers enjoy ordering. Along with ordering food, spicy rice cakes are also the great option to eat when drinking alcohol. 

3526 W 8th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 263-9949

9. 88 Hotdog & Juicy

Serving Korean corn dogs, juice, and ice cream, 88 Hotdog & Juicy serves delicious corn dogs that can be paired with their tteokbokki. Not only that, dipping the delicious hot dog into the tteokbokki, it becomes one of the best pairs that is loved by all. 

3825 W 6th St, 
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 263-1905

10. Two Hands Hotdog

Two Hands Hotdog serves popular Korean corn dog choices with spicy rice cakes on the menu. As mentioned before, Korean hot dogs can also be paired with tteokbokki as it is delicious and a great option to eat on the side. 

450 S Western Ave #313,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 375-7518

11. Town Hof & Thanks Chicken

Eating fried chicken with spicy rice cakes is also another perfect combination. At Town Hof & Thanks Chicken, customers all enjoy ordering Mala Rose Tteokbokki, which is spicy but creamy as well. With fresh fried chicken, make sure to check out the restaurant and order the spicy rice cakes with your friends on a Friday night!

144 South Western Ave unit107,
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 998-0818

12. Boolieya

If you’re wanting a good night out to eat spicy rice cakes but also other flavorful food, make sure to check out Boolieya. They add ramen to their tteokbokki and customers love to pair it with other items on the menu like spicy seafood cream pasta or stir-fried spicy pork belly! 

3959 Wilshire Blvd #B211,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 378-0096

13. Jjan

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Jjan’s classic spicy rice cake is well loved and a perfect combination to their donkatsu, spicy chicken feet, or shake shake chicken. Paired with some beer, you need to head over to Jjan for a delicious dinner with your friends! 

3328 W 8th St, 
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 381-5838

14. Go Pocha

Go Pocha is a fun place to visit with your friends during the weekend, and they use rice cakes in a lot of their orders. Not only do they make spicy rice cakes, they also add rice cakes into their spicy chicken, create deep fried rice cake churros, and are found in budaejjigae (army stew). You definitely want to visit to try them out paired with Korean alcohol! 

401 Vermont Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 381-0088

15. Jail Joa

Known for their interesting prison theme, Jail Joa has savory foods that are well loved by customers. One popular item would be the tteokbokki as it is spicy but manageable. Customers love ordering the rice cakes along with a spicy soup or fried dish to pair it with. 

2500 W 8th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 908-6423

16. Kyochon Chicken

Spicy rice cakes and fried chicken are the best combination, but experiencing that at Kyochon is going to be amazing. They have both regular flavor and a mala flavor, which mala is to be spicier and peppery in comparison to the regular. Give it a try at Kyochon! 

3833 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-9292

17. Hanshin Pocha

Hanshin Pocha takes a new level of spicy rice cakes as they serve seafood tteokbokki. Filled with rice cakes and fresh seafood with their specialized food, it is well loved and a new take on the classic spicy rice cakes. 

3500 W 6th St Ste 311,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 368-1388

18. hanchic.

hanchic. is a new take on spicy rice cakes as they offer a variety of rice cake flavors. One would be a macaroni rice cake where it is both fried rice cakes and macaroni in a soybean paste sauce and cheese. However, the most loved would be the Ragu Tteokbokki, which is crispy rice cakes with pork and kimchi. 

2500 W 8th St #103, 
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 375-7095

19. BBQ Chicken

At BBQ Chicken, their fried chicken is delicious and the spicy rice cakes would be both spicy and the perfect match to their chicken. There are a variety of tteokbokki options that you can select from! The classic tteokbokki, the egg tteokbokki (rice cakes and fish cakes with egg), noodle tteokbokki (rice cakes and fish cakes with noodles), fish cakes tteokbokki (rice cakes with lots of fish cakes), and rose tteokbokki (rice cakes and fish cakes in a creamy spicy-sweet flavor). 

3450 W 6th St #102,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-1047

20. Star Night

Star Night is the perfect place to go with friends if you want to have great food, drinks, and a fun time. Their spicy rice cakes are a popular item on the menu and are often paired with other delicious items on the menu that you need to try! 

3855 Wilshire Blvd, 
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 251-0099

Whether tteokbokki is the main dish or one of the side dishes you can order, it is a classic Korean street food that you must try to get a deeper understanding of what Korean culture is. It’s important that you must try spicy rice cakes as it is a well-known food and sought after food that Koreans love to make on any occasion.

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