Tteokguk for the Korean New Year: Recipe and Tradition
Updated: May 27
In Korea, it is traditional to eat Tteokguk, a soup made with slices of rice cake, on New Year's Day.
*떡국 = Tteok guk,
떡 = Tteok means Rice cake
국 =guk means Soup.
So it becomes Rice cake soup!
Many people in Korea believe that eating Tteokguk on New Year's Day will bring good luck and longevity. The custom has been passed down through the generations and is still widely practiced in Korea today.
The rice cake, or Tteok, used in Tteokguk is white, which simbolizes purity and emptiness.
It is believed to represent letting going of the past year and starting anew with a new body and mind in the New Year. Tteokguk is also thought to bring good health and prosperity.
Tomorrow is New Year's Day and I thought it would be nice to share a simple Tteokguk recipe!
Ingredients (serving 2)
Tteok (rice cake) 2 cups
Soak the rice cakes in cold water for 10 minutes.
While the rice cakes are soaking, prepare the onions and spring onions.
3. Prepare the soup base. I used a seafood soup stock teabag. Bring it to a boil for 5-7 minutes.
4. When the broth is ready, remove the soup stock teabag and add the rice cakes.
5. Add the chopped onions and season the soul with magic soy sauce.
6. When the soup boils again, add the eggs and stir as the eggs cook.
7. Once the rice cakes and eggs are cooked, turn off the heat and add the chopped spring onions.
8. Mix everything together and serve the soup in a bowl with Kimch if desired. Enjoy!
If you have 김 (Gim= dried seaweed), you can add it on top of the soup before serving.
Have the Tteokguk with Kimch and enjoy!
Enjoy the recipe in this 45-second video!
If you are not familar with Magic Soy sauce, Simply click the picture to find out more about it!