Happy Lunar New Year!! Saehae Bok Mani Badeusaeyo! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!
Lunar New Year is one of the two biggest holidays for Koreans. Everyone takes time off during the Lunar New Year to visit family and relatives throughout the country. And for many Koreans, another big part is to prepare Jaesa (제사) – a table full of food offering to their ancestors. Around the Lunar New Year in 2015, I was invited to talk about this tradition among others at KBS World Radio. Here is the link if you want to learn more about how the table is prepared and the meaning of the Jaesa ceremony.
Our family will not be preparing any Jaesa sang (offering table) for our ancestors but we will definitely be making some Tteok Guk/Ddeok Guk and also some other side dishes that are traditionally prepared for the Korean New Year party or gatherings. So I thought I would do a quick write up and share the best 5 Korean recipes for New Year that are my favorite – mostly based on authentic and traditional Korean lunar New Year dishes but also some modern dishes that will create a great menu altogether.
#1 BEST Korean New Year Recipes : Tteok Guk (Rice Cake Soup)
CHOOSE one Korean Rice Cake Soup – TIP: if you are going to make Kalbijjim or any other meat dish, make the rice cake soup on the right that uses anchovy stock. Then, it’s not so heavy altogether.
#2 BEST Korean New Year Recipes : Bindaetteok(Mung Bean Pancake)
#3 BEST Korean New Year Recipes : Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles)
#4 BEST Korean New Year Recipes : Kalbijjim(Soy Braised Short Ribs)
#5 BEST Korean New Year Recipes : Geotjeori (Fresh Kimchi)
Feel free to just do 1 or 2 of best recipe #2,3,4 since cooking all 5 is a LOT of work.
And for dessert, make ahead my sweet red bean oven rice cake (tteokpang) and you will be all set!
Hope you enjoy my best 5 Korean New Year Recipes!!!
May you all have a happy, healthy New Year of the Monkey that is filled with delicious good food and good times!!!