The ChuSeok holiday is just one week away. Depending on the Lunar Calendar, the ChuSeok is usually placed the early September to the middle of October. The word 'Chu' means autumn, and 'Seok' means evening, so this is the holiday that celebrates the autumn. Our ancestors usually made the altar with newly harvested grain, vegetables, and fruits. Then, they thanked their ancestors for a good harvest. Also, they visited the grave of their ancestor and took care of weeds around the grave.
If there is a roasted turkey & stuffings known for Thanksgiving cuisines, Songpyeon represents ChuSeok. Also, Japchae, Jeon, and Namul can't be left out for a big family gathering. Although you can order ChuSeok foods these days, learning a few recipes while you are in South Korea can be a good experience. Since Chuseok is right around the corner, so today's DIY recipe is SongPyeon.
The Recipe For SongPyeon
SongPyeon is a type of Korean traditional rice cake that symbolizes ChuSeok. Luckily, making SongPyeon is very simple, and you don't even need many ingredients. You can enjoy making this recipe with your children since this requires little creativity. Since the rice cake dough is like playdough, so it will help your children use their imagination and fingers moving activity. Let's learn how to make SongPyeon now.
Basic White Dough
2 Cups of Wet Rice Powder (CLICK HERE for Online purchase)
4 Tablespoons of boiling water (need to prepare extra)
For Color Dough
Green: Add 1-2 tablespoons of Mugwort powder to the white Dough plus one more tablespoon of boiling water
Pink: Add 1-2 tablespoons of Prickly Pear Cactus powder to the white Dough plus one more tablespoon of boiling water
Yellow: Add 1-2 tablespoons of Sweet Pumpkin powder to the white Dough plus one more tablespoon of boiling water
Purple: Add 1-2 tablespoons of Black Rice powder to the white Dough plus one more tablespoon of boiling water
Color Dough Powder CLICK HERE for Online purchase
1/3 Cup of Sesame Seeds (Roasted): CLICK HERE for Online purchase
1.5 Tablespoon of Black Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Honey
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
Steamer, Pine Needles
*You can find pine needles any mountain in Korea.
Sift rice powder and add to the large bowl.
Add boiling water little by little and start mix together. (Please do not use bare hands at first. You might burn your hands because of hot water.)
Cover dough with a wet towel or a plastic wrap.
Repeat 1-3 for each color. Make sure colored rice cake dough needs to add one more tablespoon of boiling water.
Use the mortar & pestle to crush roast sesame seeds. Mix all filling ingredients and set aside for later use.
Now, all your ingredients are ready, so set up the SongPyeon making station. Prepare a small bowl of water to prevent stickiness.
Take a small amount (about 1 inch) of SongPyeon dough and make it a round ball shape.
Push down the middle and make it looks like a dumpling wrapper. However, it has to be thicker than a dumpling wrapper.
Put a spoonful of filling onto the middle of the SongPyeon wrapper. There is no exact amount for filling, so put more filling if you like sweet.
Fold half and stick the edge of the wrapper together. The Traditional SongPyeon shape is a crescent moon, but you can use imagination and make your design.
Prepare steamer and start boiling the water. Put a wet towel on the steamer and place your SongPyeons. Add pine needles top of the rice cakes to permeate the fresh pine scent.
Cook about 20mins and take out cooked SongPyeons. Quick rinse inside the cold water. Place onto your favorite plate and brush with sesame oil.
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