Koreans say hello to 2014 at the end of January.
It’s true, I am a bit of a Jiwonny-Come-Lately in wanting to celebrate the Korean New Year, but with the state of my Old Ladies being what they are…Y’all, I wasn’t brought up celebrating Seollal so I had to Google it. Essentially it is a day to officially honor my Old Ladies and think some good thoughts about my dad who passed in January 2006.
And of course there is the cooking of a traditional Korean dinner:
깔비찜 Braised short beef rib
만두 Dumpling (find recipe here)
떡국 Rice cake soup
비대떡 Mung bean pancake
깨닥날개 Sesame chicken wings (not so traditional but a delicious option for friends who don’t eat beef or pork)
오이무침 Pickled cucumber
수정과 Persimmon punch
According to my aunt, you have to rice cake soup to properly celebrate the new year and dumplings are my favorite so yes to those. And of course your Old Ladies can be in charge of dumpling construction!
These dumplings are my mom’s recipe so it felt like we had come full circle as I watched her fill the skins. When she commented on how good the filling looked it was the first time in a long time she seemed lucid and engaged. So I count that as a good start to a good year.
And, of course, you’ll want to invite your friends over to share in the tradition.
Happy New Year!