-Cycle 1, Item 361-
1 (Sat) January 2011
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Ddeok guk (떡국) is a type of Korean soup ("guk"). A classic comfort food, it consists of rice cakes ("ddeok"), as well as egg ribbons and/or sliced scallions and/or crumbled laver for garnish, sometimes but not necessarily a vegetable or two (e.g., zucchini, mushrooms), all in a thick broth, typically beef. For reasons that I don't really care to discover (though I should someday, if only to write about it here), Koreans eat the soup on the morning of New Year's Day--traditionally, by the lunar calendar, of course, but these days most people seem to do it also by the solar calendar in a nod to modernity. I've discussed a variant in a prior post on ddeok mandu guk (see 1.323 Ddeok-Mandu-Guk), which is essentially the same thing only with dumplings ("mandu") in addition to the rice cakes.
I had laid out the ingredients for the soup but we all got up too late for breakfast, and we had lunch plans with the wife's parents. So, we had it for dinner.
4 meals left.