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Families turn to take-out Charye tables, meals this Lunar New Year Updated: 2021-02-10 15:12:56 KST

Ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, more consumers have turned to ready meals to help them prepare Charye tables to pay respect to their ancestors.
According to online retailer SSG.com, sales of ready-to-cook meals in the past 10 days increased by more than 63 percent from a year earlier.
Emart's food brand Peacock also saw a 23 percent increase during the same period.

Hotels this holiday are also curating take-out Charye tables to meet family needs.

"Due to the ban on social gatherings of five or more, it's quite hard for families to prepare a Charye table. That's why people are turning to these services instead."

Beef short ribs, a plate full of stir-fried noodles, and pancakes made of vegetables, meat and fish, known as Jeon in Korean, are all freshly made by the hotel kitchen.
Just adding a bowl of Tteokguk rice cake soup and some fruits at home will complete a full Charye table.
This costs around 150 U.S. dollars, but prices vary depending on the choice of hotel.

And special gourmet meals are not only limited to Charye tables.
Hotels are offering lunchboxes for those spending the holiday alone or with just a few people.

"These services are offered through takeaways with people placing orders in advance and then picking them up from the hotel."

Hotels say that these take-out meals and tables give families a chance to stay connected even when apart.

"Since families can't spend time together, parents can send these packaged foods to their children or children can send them to their parents to share a sense of comfort that they are having the same meal. This has created a new trend in Seollal gifts."

Take-out meals are expected remain popular even after the coronavirus pandemic as the food and beverage industry aims to bring a wide range of culinary experiences to customers' doorsteps.
MIN Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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