Delicious taste, Meticulously prepared: traditional Korean snacks

Korean traditional snacks (sweets and rice cakes) have been an appetizing and important part of Korean cuisine since ancient times, coming out on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and memorial services in the limelight.

The creation of these traditional snacks is mainly due to the wisdom of Korean culinary precursors in choosing the right ingredients for different recipes. There are hundreds of traditional snacks, prepared with the utmost of dedication and care, made using a variety of ingredients and cooking processes.

With the rising interest in one's well-being in recent years, not only in Korea, but globally, Korean traditional snacks are gaining acclaim.

Irresistible Chewiness: Tteok (Rice Cakes, for example)
In Korea, snacks or main dishes may be rice cakes. There is typically some sweet filling inside or sweet covering outside for rice cakes. With over 200 types of rice cakes still existing in Korea, the history of rice cakes dates back three thousand years.

Tteok02Rice cakes provide Koreans with unique meanings. When praying for a fruitful year, good health, a long life, or when warding off misfortune, Koreans eat rice cakes. Tteokguk (white rice cake soup), eaten on New Year's Day, represents a desire for happiness and good health. Eaten during Korean Thanksgiving, Songpyeong (almost, crescent-shaped rice cakes), shows deep reverence for one's forefathers.

'Good-looking rice cakes are delicious rice cakes,' as the Korean saying goes. Pretty rice cakes with a wide variety of flavors have caught the attention of not only young people in Korea, but have won countless foreign fans' hearts. In places including Insa-dong and Myeong-dong, multiple cafés or restaurants specializing in rice cakes have sprung up.

There are no chemical ingredients in rice cakes and they boast natural fillings such as pumpkin, chestnut, or jujube. They're good for digestion and are wildly popular among the calorie-conscious because of their low calorie content. With the foreign rice cake lover in mind, a wide range of rice cakes have also been created: rice cakes that are more crispy or sweeter than their conventional counterparts. Tteok cake, rice cake sandwiches, fruity rice cake and more are some exquisite modern adaptations of old-style recipes.
Confectionery traditional: Hangwa
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The traditional Korean confectionery,
Made from flour mixed with honey, sugar, or taffy, is Hangwa (⁇). Hangwa may have a range of shapes, flavors, and textures, depending on the individual recipe. The primary forms of Hangwa are yugwa and yakgwa.

For special occasions or remembrance ceremonies, Yugwa (al) is an absolute must-have. Yugwa is a delicately-prepared sweet made from deep-frying sweet rice flour and grain syrup that is always crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside. By frying a mixture of wheat flour, honey, and sesame oil, Yakgwa (⁇) is made. During the Goryeo Dynasty (918 to 1392), these shiny cookies were the signature snack of royal families.

They are an excellent source of nutrition, since Hangwa uses natural ingredients. Grains, honey, chestnuts, jujubes, pine nuts, sesame, and walnuts are among the main ingredients.

Traditional Snacks Served with Traditional Tea
When combined with traditional teas such as green tea, lemon tea, quince tea, or Chinese marriage vine tea, rice cakes and traditional snacks are even more delicious. Sikhye (sweet rice drink) or sujeonggwa (persimmon punch) are other favorite drinks that accentuate the typical Korean sweets' delectable taste.

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