Rice Cakes Still Quintessential Chuseok Food

      September 28, 2015 08:52

      Songpyeon or traditional rice cakes remain indelibly associated with Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving, a straw poll confirms.

      Korea House in Seoul, where visitors can experience traditional Korean culture while tasting Korean food and watching performances, asked 303 people what food comes to their mind first when they think of Chuseok.

      A majority or 57 percent of respondents said songpyeon, the sticky rice cakes filled with healthy ingredients and shaped like a crescent moon.

      Next were galbijjim or steamed short ribs (11 percent), and jeon or Korean pancakes (11 percent).

      Asked why they named songpyeon, some 61 percent said because they can only eat them at Chuseok, and 33 percent said due to the memory of making them together with their family.

      But in terms of favorite dishes, galbijjim took the top spot with 32 percent. Songpyeon came distant second with 21 percent, followed by jeon (10 percent).

      Asked what food they would recommend to foreigners, 25 percent said galbijjim, followed by galbi or grilled beef ribs (20 percent).

      As for a Chuseok gift for their parents, 81 percent intended to give money, followed by health supplements (five percent) and travel tickets (five percent).

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