You can't celebrate Chuseok without tteok (that’s rice cakes in Korea)! Songpyeon, which literally means pine cakes, are colorful half moon-shaped rice cakes stuffed with sweet fillings and steamed on a bed of pine needles, giving it a distinctive taste and aroma that’s reminiscent of the autumn season. Typical fillings include sweetened sesame seeds, red beans, brown sugar, soy beans, dates, jujubes, and more. Color-wise, it usually comes in white, pink, green, and brown.
The difference between songpyeon and mochi is that instead of using glutinous rice flour, songpyeon is made from short grain rice flour.
Not only is it a pleasure to eat, it’s super fun to prepare too. Instead of buying songpyeon from the market, families make their own as a bonding activity!
Some kids would turn it into a competition of who can create the best-looking songpyeon. Even BTS did a songpyeon-making competition! It’s not as easy as it looks, but every minute and memory will be worth it!