Last week the Agency for Traditional Market Administration sponsored a market tour and a Crescent Moon Rice Cake Cooking Class with O’ngo Food Communications for Filipino Mothers and children currently married to Korean spouses in Korea. It was a great day and we started off with a market tour and then we went to a cooking studio to make the chuseok treats: Songpyeon. Songpyeon, or Crescent Moon Rice Cakes, are often eaten during this Korean holiday to signify the coming of Autumn and to commemorate the relationship of the Earth and the moon.
The mothers and the children really enjoyed the market tour and the shop owners were very kind for every step of the way, they kept on giving food the children and the mothers. I think they had quite a lot of kimchi, whole baby crabs, crispy bindaetteok and other specialty Korean foods before they got to the cooking studio.
At the cooking studio we made a variety of different rice cakes filled with sesame seeds and honey, pumpkin, and chestnuts. The class was led by Professor Jia Choi in English, but she did teach the Filipino mothers a few Korean words that they could then use at home with their Korean husbands.
We steamed the rice cakes with pine needles which added a fragrant aroma and it kept the rice cakes from sticking together.
Professor Choi first taught how to color the dough with a bit of pumpkin to make it orange or with green chive juice to make it green.
Filling the dough and making the shapes seemed to be the most fun thing for everyone.
Songpyeon is more of a dessert, so the Agency for Traditional Market Administration was kind enough to provide Japchae (Glass Noodles), Bulgogi, and Kimbap for everyone. The kids really enjoyed the japchae the most.
Here are some of the finished Crescent Moon Cakes.
I think everyone had a great time and everyone seemed to enjoy learning about Korean markets and Korean food.
I would like to thank the Agency for Traditional Market Administration for sponsoring this event and their support for making it a success.