Songpyeon, meaning “rice cake with pine needle fragrance” is a Chuseok delicacy cooked on August 15th according to the lunar calendar. Preparing the rice cake is a traditional Korean custom to worship the moon. Therefore, Koreans made half...
  • Janchi-guksu (잔치국수)

    Janchi-guksu (잔치국수)

    In Korea, when locals ask “when will you serve some noodles?” to a nubile female and young male they are, in fact, inquiring when they plan to tie the knot. As such, janchi-guksu, thin noodles in clear broth, is...
  • Daeha-jatjeup-naengchae (대하잣즙냉채)

    Daeha-jatjeup-naengchae (대하잣즙냉채)

    During the Joseon Dynasty, king prawns were mostly caught in the waters off the western shore between August and September. The large, freshly-caught shrimps were flavored with salt, dried, and sent to the capital as...
  • Dakbokkeumtang (닭볶음탕)

    Dakbokkeumtang (닭볶음탕)

    During the Joseon era, people used to consume more pheasant than chicken. That explains the common phrase in the past, “pheasant instead of chicken,” in Korea, which changed over history to “chicken instead of...
  • Nokdu-bindaetteok (녹두빈대떡)

    Nokdu-bindaetteok (녹두빈대떡)

    Bindaetteok is a Korean-style pancake dishes. Ground mung beans mixed with brackens, scallion, kimchi, and meat are pan-fried like a pancake. Usually, either pork or beef is added while other ingredients can be changed...
  • Tteokgalbi (떡갈비)

    Tteokgalbi (떡갈비)

    A local specialty of South Jeolla Province, tteokgalbi is seasoned, minced short rib beef wrapped around the ribs. A special sauce is spread on both sides while they are grilled. It was named tteokgalbi as the meat is...
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