Feasts in Korea are not complete without tteok, or rice cake. Tteok is a delicacy that has become as important as rice to Koreans. It is a versatile food, prepared with different ingredients and methods. For Koreans, tteok is a symbol of sharing and abundance.
Tteok is presented on every occasion, from birth, to marriage, to death. It is eaten at various times of the year to signify the wish for peace and well-being. This symbolic meaning of tteok developed fast with the advancement of culinary culture. Why do Koreans love tteok so much, and what significance does it have?
Made by adding ingredients to non-glutinous or glutinous rice, tteok is also a great source of nutrition that can substitute a meal. It is also served with various foods that make the tteok easier to digest, and even more healthful.
After thousands of years, tteok remains a central part of Korean cuisine, served as appetizers, entrees, and dessert. What is tteok to Koreans? We tell that story today.