About the Korean New Year Rice Cake Soup (Tteokguk)

About the Korean New Year Rice Cake Soup (Tteokguk)

Have you ever wondered how your idols spend their Korean New Year’s Day? For the Korean New Year, people have at least one thing in common: they have at least one bowl of Korean New Year rice cake soup called tteokguk (떡국). The tradition of enjoying a bowl of tteokguk on Korean New Year’s Day goes back as long as anyone can remember.

What is the Korean New Year Rice Cake Soup?

This Korean New Year rice cake soup is made from a light beef broth featuring dried seaweed, egg, tender beef, and thinly sliced dough of chewy rice cake. Although tteokguk may look like a plain dish, it is packed with savory flavors and satisfyingly soft, chewy textures.

Why Do Koreans Eat Rice Cake Soup on New Year?

With every bowl of tteokguk comes a story of tradition. In Korea, you become one year older when you have a bowl of tteokguk. Many idols recall when they were younger, they used to have several bowls of tteokguk in hopes of becoming older faster.

The white color of the tteok symbolizes a clean, fresh start to the new year, and the round, disc-like shape of each slice of tteok refers to the old Korean coin currency, symbolizing prosperity.

Have you ever wondered how to make tteokguk? Watch ENHYPEN cooking tteokguk themselves.

Even if you do not celebrate the Lunar New Year, tteokguk is a dish that can turn an ordinary day into a special one. What kind of unique dishes do you get to eat if you celebrate the Lunar New Year?

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