La Belle Au Bois Gourmand: Happy New Year, Korean style 떡국

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year, Korean style 떡국

While wishing a happy new year to all of us, Il Hee a girl friend of mine from Seoul, told me about the traditional soup that has to be eaten among korean families on the very first day of the new year. It is called 떡국, ddeok guk translated into rice cake soup. The main reason why this dish is so important is that if one's eating that, that person is gaining one more year of life.
I guess it is also due to the fresh ingredients used: rice cakes, oil, garlic, scallions, eggs, seaweed, soy sauce, salt, pepper, sesame oil.
In other words, when comfort food meets health.
A similar dish is present in China and Japan, where the name of the soup is respectively Niángāo and Zōni.

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