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20240618_Cooking with the Elderly: Gungjung Tteokbokki

Itaewon Global Village Center and Yongsan Senior Welfare Center will hold a special cultural exchange event, “Global Culture Trip: Gungjung Tteokbokki (Royal Court Rice Cake)” on June 18 (Tuesday), from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Korean grandmas and grandpas will guide you on how to cook this royal cuisine.

Foreign participants and Korean elderly people will be making Gungjung Tteokbokki (Royal Court Rice Cake) together. Gungjung Tteokbokki (Royal Court Rice Cake) is the traditional version of tteokbokki. Gungjung means “royal court” in Korean. Unlike today's spicy red version, this traditional version is mildly flavored with a soy sauce based sauce. As such, it’s also called “ganjang tteokbokki”. Ganjang is soy sauce.

This version of stir-fried rice cakes dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). As the name suggests, it was part of the royal cuisine and regarded as a high class dish – an interesting contrast to the modern spicy version which is pretty much street food.

One story behind the origin of this royal dish is that it was inspired by japchae (stir-fried starch noodles with vegetables) and created to help regain the King’s appetite. In fact, gungjung tteokbokki is also known as tteokjapchae perhaps because it is made similarly to japchae.

**FOOD ALERGY WARNING: basic ingredients that will be used in this event are as follows:
-Tteokbokki rice cake, zucchini, eggplant, beef, fresh shiitake mushroom, onion, green pepper, carrot, tuna liquid, sugar syrup, mirin, sesame oil, pepper, sesame seeds, soy sauce, garlic, sugar

This class will be held near Hannam Station (Gyeongui Jungang Line). The event is free of charge but registration is a must. Please note that since we will be interacting with Korean grandmas and grandpas, foreigners (aged 18 and above) who can speak Korean is a priority.

Once you register, specific details including basic ingredients, etc. will be sent to you.

To register, fill out the form through the link:
or scan the QR code on the poster

20240618_Cooking with the Elderly: Gungjung Tteokbokki

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