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Rice Cake For Chuseok (Songpyeon)

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Songpyeon is a Korean traditional rice cake to eat on Chuseok, which is celebration of the year’s good harvest. Traditionally it’s made with the rice of the first harvest of the year. Chuseok is August 15 by the lunar calendar, which is usually in the middle of September by the solar calendar. This year it’s September 14th.
Ingredients
  Frozen rice powder 2 Pound, ground and sifted (room temperature)
  Salt 3 Pinch
  Mugwort 1 Teaspoon
  Strawbery jell-o 1 Pinch
  Dried and skinned mung beans 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), rinse under cold water
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  White sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Roasted sesame seeds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), ground
  Brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pine needles 2 Cup (32 tbs), washed and drained
  Sesame oil 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In 3 bowls, A, B and C, put 1 cup of sifted rice flour in each bowl.
2. Add in 1 pinch of salt in each bowl.

MAKING
3. In bowl A, put 3 tablespoons of boiling water and mix it with wooden spoon, and knead with hands for 5 minutes or until feels like touching your earlobe.
4. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and set aside.
5. In bowl B, put in mugwort and 3.5 tablespoons of boiling water and mix it with wooden spoon, and knead with hands for 5 minutes.
6. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and set aside.
7. In bowl C, put in jell-o and 3 tablespoons of boiling water and mix it with wooden spoon, and knead with hands for 5 minutes
8. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and set aside.
9. Let all the dough sit for about 30 minutes.
10. In a thick bottom pot over very low heat, put the rinsed moong beans, cold water and salt, allow to cook foe 30 minutes.
11. Turn off the heat and crush it with back of a spoon.
12. Transfer into a bowl and allow it to cool.
13. Add in white sugar in the moong beans and mix well with a spoon.
14. In a bowl, put the ground sesame seeds, brown sugar, salt,
15. Make a small ball with dough A of about 1 inch diameter, press the centre to make depression and put in about 1 teaspoon of filling, bring the sides together and press to seal.
16. Do the same with the remaining dough and filling.
17. In a steamer, put 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
18. Place a piece of damp cloth in steamer tray, and spread some of the pine needles.
19. Place the dumplings and put some more pine needles on top.
20. Cover the steamer and steam the dumplings for 25 minutes over medium high heat.

FINALIZING
21. Put the dumpling in a bowl of cold water and sprinkle with sesame oil.
22. Drain the dumpling.

SERVING
23. Serve Songpyeon in the bed of pine needles.

TIPS
Pine needles stop the songpyeon from sticking together and give them a good flavor.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Korean
Preparation Time: 
75 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6
Subtitle: 
Korean rice cake for Chuseok
How about some sweet dish or dessert from Korean cuisine? Maangchi is making a festive dish, Songpyeon or sweet balls with two types of filling, one with sesame seed powder and another with mung bean. Pine needles is a very interesting ingredient used to give a light flavor to the sweet balls. Although the process of this dish is long, Maangchi made sure her instructions are clear and understandable.

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I wanted to thank you for your video. I wanted to make something special for my Mother N Law and celebrate her birthday. I am not Korean but I do love the food. I also like to cook and your Recipe helped me very much. My MNL does not have time to teach me cook as she works veryday at her nail salon in NYC. THANK YOU!!!! Please post more viedos!!