Happy New Year!

Tomorrow is Seollal. So this weekend we ate ddeok ramyeon (떡라면/rice cake ramyeon), samgyetang (삼계탕/ginger chicken soup) and yakgwa (약과/ginger honey cookies).

Since we ate some rice cake soup (albeit ramyeon style), we’re both a year older. I’m now 30 Korean age, and Good Man is 29.

Samgyetang is a whole chicken stuff with rice and jujubes and boiled in a huge pot with some ginseng, garlic, and jujubes. When it’s done cooking, you garnish it with a leek.


Yakgwa is a Korean cookie. It’s flour, sesame oil, honey, rice wine and some water. Since ovens aren’t a traditional part of Korean cooking, you deep fry the cookies rather than baking them. You then dip the cookies in a honey, sugar, water mixture and sprinkle them with cinnamon.


Happy Seollal!