The Korean tradition of eating tteokguk on New Year’s Day persisted in the Lee household. It’s basically a carb happy dish comprised of rice cakes in soup. It’s not sexy or anything but it can be when dumplings are added, which is exactly what Mama Lee did. She makes them by hand filled with kimchi, clear rice noodles, tofu, eggs and beef. My mom also makes her own kimchi. One day, when I open my own Korean barbecue restaurant, it’s going to be stocked with her kimchi. It will also be on sale separately in large and small jars. No medium because you either go hard or go small, not medium.
Although the origin of eating tteokguk on New Year’s is not known, I believe a certain amount of bad luck befalls the Korean who fails to do so. But who needs luck when you have handmade dumplings so fat that it’ll make you look skinny while making you fatter in the end!