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Food for Korean Holidays and Special Occasions

Here you'll find menu suggestions and information about Korean food and traditions for holidays and special occasions.

A Classic Korean Birthday Meal
A classic, traditional Korean birthday meal.

Korean "Feast" Chicken Noodle Soup (Janchi Gooksu)
This Korean chicken noodle soup is most often served at large feasts like wedding celebrations or banquet dinners. Because noodles represent long life in Korea, this delicious noodle soup is symbolic for marriages and honored guests.

November 11th is Pepero Day
November 11th is Pepero Day in Korea, a consumer holiday when people give gifts of Pepero, long thin cookie sticks dipped in chocolate.

Children's Day in Korea
An overview of Children's Day in Korea, which takes place every May 5.

Weekend Barbecue Menu
This Korean barbecue menu is easy enough to handle for even the novice host. With two side dishes and meats you marinate in advance, you can hand off the grilling to a helper and enjoy your guests and food in comfort.

A Korean Winter Menu Plan
This Korean winter meal plan has a lot of elements, but you don't have to make them all. Buy or make all the kimchi that you want to add and swap out sides as you wish, but do try to keep the oyster rice and the spicy spare ribs on the menu. Just those two dishes will make this a comforting Korean meal to remember.

Korean Picnic Food
Portable food for Korean lunchboxes or picnics.

Cocktail Party
Korean Cocktail parties are an easy way to entertain a crowd. Choose a few favorite hot and cold anju, a couple soju cocktails, and maybe even a karaoke machine for later in the night.

Korean New Year
A look at the customs and traditions surrounding the Korean New Year.

Korean Vegetarian Menu
There are so many Korean dishes that are vegetarian or easy to convert to a meatless option. If you are eating in a restaurant, however, do request that they don't use beef or pork as a base for seasoning or any soup broths.

Green Tea Cake Recipe (Nokcha Cake)
This simple, moist cake is subtly sweet and flavored with green tea (nokcha, matcha). You can add more sugar if you prefer more sweetness, of you can top your green cake with some cream cheese frosting.

Nut and Rice Cakes (Japgwapyon) Recipe
Koreans eat many different types of rice cakes- in savory main dishes, as snacks and as desserts. These sweet dessert rice cake balls (jap gwa pyon) are made of glutinous rice flour, dried fruit and nuts.

Christmas in Korea
A brief overview of how Korean Christians in Korea celebrate Christmas. A public holiday and also a family holiday for Korean Christians, Christmas is a big holiday in Korea.

New Year's Soup - Korean Rice Cake Soup (Duk Gook)
Korean Duk Gook, a soup filled with soft Korean rice cakes (Dduk), is always eaten on New Year's Day. Soothing and simple, it takes less than 30 minutes if you use pre-made or store-bought broth. It's also common to add dumplings and/or sliced beef to the soup for a heartier dish.

Korean Home Remedies
Food and medicine have also always been closely linked in Korean culture. The ability to boost one's "wellbeing" is one of the most popular marketing claims for food products in Korea today. These Korean home remedies for colds, hangovers, and low energy have been used for hundreds of years.

Korean Home Remedies
Food and medicine have also always been closely linked in Korean culture. The ability to boost one's "wellbeing" is one of the most popular marketing claims for food products in Korea today. These Korean home remedies for colds, hangovers, and low energy have been used for hundreds of years.

Korean Home Remedies
Food and medicine have also always been closely linked in Korean culture. The ability to boost one's "wellbeing" is one of the most popular marketing claims for food products in Korea today. These Korean home remedies for colds, hangovers, and low energy have been used for hundreds of years.

Kimbap Cake
Korean kimbap, also sometimes called Korean sushi rolls, makes a colorful and creative presentation when layered into a tiered cake shape. A kimbap cake is perfect for people that don't like sweets, have special diets, or just love kimbap and sushi. You can make it with whatever ingredients you wish (just like kimbap and sushi) and can even change the colors for special events and holidays.

Holiday Gift Guide: Top Ten Korean Food Gifts
This is the holiday gift list for the Korean food lover in your life, and has something for those that grew up with Korean food and for others who just plain love it. If you are traveling to Korea or visiting a Korean household and looking for a gift, then numbers 1, 2, and 7 will fit for almost every occasion.

How to Serve Anything in Hollowed Apple Bowls
A popular Korean drink, an apple soju cocktail, is often served in bars in a hollowed-out apple. The apple makes an attractive, natural, and delicious (alcohol-soaked!) cocktail glass. But a hollowed-out apple can be used to serve almost anything, from drinks to desserts to savory foods. It's all-natural and healthy and gives the table a little entertaining flair, even if you're normally nothing …

NYC Korean Festival and Parade 2008
The Korean Festival and Parade in Koreatown (NYC) on October 6th, 2008.

Korean-Infused BBQ Menu
This is not a traditional Korean menu, but it's a festive balance of Korean, Asian, and Western flavors. The easy thing about this menu is that almost everything can be made the day before.

An Overview of Chusok - Korean Thanksgiving
Chusok, also now called Korean Thanksgiving, is a time of family gatherings and ancestral remembrance. A 3-day holiday with food, rituals, and family activities, Chusok is probably the most important holiday in Korea today.

Food For Birthdays And New Babies
Korean seaweed soup (miyuk gook) is served to new mothers after childbirth and as a part of every birthday meal.

Korean Dinner Party Menu
To throw a stress-free dinner party, always choose a few dishes that can be made in advance and are still delicious when reheated. This Korean dinner party menu includes rice, salmon, noodles, short ribs, kimchi and spinach sides, bean sprout soup, and barley tea. Everything but the salmon and short ribs can be made in advance, and even these two gorgeous main dishes require little hands-on time.

The Ultimate Korean Backyard BBQ Menu Plan
Whether you're grilling hamburgers or something more complicated, everything seems to taste better outside. This is a outdoor Korean barbecue feast menu to celebrate with and enjoy.

Cool Food for Hot Summer Days
A lot of Korean cuisine is hearty and spicy, but what do you make when you don't want to spend a lot of time cooking over a hot stove? This list has features cool, refreshing Korean dishes to make and enjoy during the hottest months of the year.

Korean Royal Cuisine
Korean Royal Cuisine from the Chosun dynasty (1392-1910) has recently been revived in 21st century Korea. Sinsero (sinseollo) is a colorful stew and gujolpan (gujeolpan) is a beautiful nine-section dish. In both of these dishes, the serving platters are almost as important as the food itself. Until recently, they were only seen at grand celebrations and wedding dinners.

Easy Korean Backyard Barbecue Menu
This party menu is one of the easiest Korean backyard barbecues you'll ever put together. Everything can be made or marinated in advance, so you don't need to do last-minute rush kitchen cleaning or cooking. Chapchae, the sweet potato noodle dish, can be served warm or at room temperature, so you can make it one or two days before. The cold cucumber soup, oi naengguk, can be also made a day or t…

Korean Tea Ceremony
The late Mi Hee Kim is credited with reviving the 2000 year old Korean tea ceremony, which even predates the more famous Japanese one. Her foundation now works to preserve the Korean tea tradition, and you can learn about the ancient ceremonies including the everyday, scholarly, and guest versions. With step-by-step photos, you can recreate these tea ceremonies at home for special occasions.

Rice Cakes (Dduk)
Korean rice cakes (Dduk) come in every imaginable shape, color, and size and are eaten, served, or shared at almost every Korean holiday gathering or special occasion. They can be a snack, a fancy present, an appetizer, or a dessert, and at any special occasion there are often many different types served together.

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