Celebrate Chinese New Year in Korean style

10 Feb 2021

안녕하세요! Lunar New Year or Seollal (설날) is the most important holiday in South Korea. It is a time when families come together to share their blessings, dressed in hanbok and perform ancestral rites. It is pretty similar to Chinese New Year where various foods are prepared as an offering to the family’s ancestors during prayers. Speaking of food, here are few popular Seollal dishes you must try!

Tteokguk 떡국 (Sliced rice cake with soup)
This is a traditional soup made with sliced rice cakes, beef, egg, vegetables, and ingredients. Garnish such as seaweed, and spring onions are added for flavour. The shape of the rice cake resembles old style Korean coins, hence tteokguk has a symbolic meaning of rich and prosperity. Since it is harder to find tteokguk in Malaysia, you could always replace it with Topokki and making some for your family during this Chinese New Year.

Don’t know where to buy Topokki ingredients? Myeongdong Topokki has your back as we have Topokki pack and sauce ready at all outlets or express. You can also purchase them via our website, MDT App, GrabFood and Foodpanda.

Jeon 전 (Pancake)
This is a must-have New Year dish in South Korea. There are a tons of ‘jeons’ out there but a few popular ones served especially during Seollal. Celebrate your Chinese New Year in Korean style by trying out some jeons including Kimchi Jeon and Seafood Jeon. Grab a bag of Kimchi from Myeongdong Topokki and get started!

Japchae 잡채 (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)
Japchae is stir fried glass noodles and a variety of vegetables, seasoned with a good amount of sesame oil and soy sauce. One of the most phenomenal Korean side dishes other than Kimchi. Japchae can not only be an iconic dish by itself, it is also a perfect when served with a bowl of rice. 

Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy prosperity new year, Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财) and Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo (새해 복 많이 받으세요)!