Songpyeon (rice cakes) for Chuseok, the Korean Harvest festival

koreaToday is the last day of the 3-day Korean harvest holiday, Chuseok, which is centered around the full moon during the autumn equinox. Many Chuseok activities relate to paying respects to ancestors, with families visiting their ancestral homelands, cleaning graves and making offerings of foods to the deceased. Of course, as with any holiday, traditional foods have pride of place, and one of the most traditional Chuseok foods is Songpyeon (송편). Songpyeon is a sweet chewy cake made with rice flour, and filled with honey, red bean paste, sesame seeds (or another sweet filling). Though the traditional shape is half-moon, Songpyeon can come in a myriad of colors and flavors. They are also traditionally layered on top of pine needles, which does make everything taste a little like pine! Tradition also holds that it is important to make the prettiest Songpyeon possible, since the prettier the cake, the prettier you future child will be. The Korean Bapsang blog has a guide to making your own Songpyeon, in a variety of colors and flavors.

Songpyeon

Songpyeon by Korea.net

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