Sunday, November 14, 2010

Duk Gook (Rice Cake Soup)

Duk Gook is a traditional meal prepared on New Year's Day to welcome and celebrate the new year! I know it's not not New Year's yet but it's also a commonly made soup. It takes about 30 minutes to make, and you can add dumplings and beef to make it a tastier meal.

1. store bought Dduk (Rice Cake) flat, oval shaped.
2. boil beef and water to make the broth.
3. soy sauce.
4. two eggs, fried, thinly sliced.
5. dried seaweed sheets, cut into thin slices with kitchen scissors.

1. soak rice cakes in cold water for about 20 minutes
2. bring broth to a broil
3. season broth with salt, pepper, and soy sauce.
4. add rice cakes, and cook for 10 minutes.
5. enjoy!

it's even featured in People magazine!

I really appreciated this article because it did not just skimp out on the true details of a Korean New Year, but the author went in-depth on the details of her day. I wasn't surprised to see an asian writer, Thailam Pham, cover the story. It's typical of any news outlet to put someone of the same race to cover a particular event. Although, Pham, is a Vietnamese last name, and I'm sure did not know much about Korean New Year, People magazine thought it was a good idea for an asian person to write about it. I don't think it's racist but I wish more people would realize, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other asian ethnicities are not the same!

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