How about five-color tteokguk on this Seollal?

Seollal is a major holiday in Korea, it is the first day of the first month by the lunar calendar and the days right before and after make up this 3-day holiday. It is a holiday in which normally entire family gathers on.

Tteokguk is a traditional food of Seollal, as well as traditional rice-cake soup. As Seollal gets close, there has been an increasing number of grandparents who have already started preparing Seollal foods.

“I came to the rice cake cooking mill to buy various rice cake for the up coming Seollal and I am so excited to meet my grandchildren so I don’t feel tired at all.” Seonyeo Bae (78) said, who visited the rice cake cooking mill in Jeolla-do.

The Seollal holiday is a traditional food holiday, so it is the busiest time of the year for the rice-cake cooking mill.

There has been a slight change to the rice cake ingredients depending on the customer’s needs. White rice cake for tteokguk is mostly used, which is made with just rice, but these days as people are considering their health and wellbeing, the ingredients have been changed from rice powder to more natural nutritious powders from wormwood, cactus, autumn squash, and rubus coreanus fruit. For rice cake, each ingredient is enriched with various nutrients that produce different colors, which makes them look more tempting.

* For the original article in Korean: (by Donsam Lee)

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02 2013

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