January 1st, 2012.New Year’s Day With Family
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a proper Korean New Year’s Day. Another great perk of having relatives here now!
Everyone dressed up in their beautiful traditional clothes, paying respects to each other, speaking blessings into each others lives and gathering around the table to share a meal of traditional Korean New Year’s food.
One traditional holiday dish in Korean culture are these assorted Egg Wash Patties. Fish is the most common one, but we did meat and zucchini patties.
I still remember being at my maternal grandmother’s house in Korea with all the relatives and the women gathered in the kitchen flipping these on a flat top. The secret? Be patient and don’t flip them too often!
Yoon Keun Oppa volunteered to be on pattie duty this day 😉
Of course another staple of New Years for Koreans is the Rice Cake Soup. It’s supposed to signify “eating anoher year” or adding another year to your life.
We’re a family that loves dumplings. Hece we threw some in to add more substance. Deep, meaty broth, chewy-soft rice cakes and delicious ribbons of egg. So yum!
We are Choi’s. That means it can’t be a proper meal without meat. This amazing fall-off-the-bone tender Galbi-Jjim (Beef Short-rib) was an absolute star with chestnuts added in for that holiday flavor. Sweet, savory and incredibly delicious!
There’s nothing like starting the New Year with loving family 🙂