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Jan 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!                        

I like to eat Korean New Year (Or duk guk) on new year’s day each year. Started doing this when I wasin college and it has just stuck (mostly I just love the soup and love a day that makes it a compulsory dish!)

According to wikipedia…” Tteokguk is a traditional Korean dish eaten during the celebration of the Korean New Year. The dish consists of the broth/soup (guk) with thinly sliced rice cakes (tteok - it can be called a kind of rice pasta). It is tradition to eattteokguk on New Year's Day because it is believed to grant the consumer luck for the forthcoming year and gain an additional year of life. It is usually garnished with thin julienned cooked eggs, marinated meat, and gim.”

We also got a bunch of other great banchan, some barbequed shitake and foraged mushrooms, and a 26 vegetable bibimbop.

It was the first day of the year and we wanted to eat vegetarian and clean so we tried to keep our menu choices that way. My friend and I were exhausted and not feeling so great from the night before when we walked in, but the food totally saved our asses. We were more happy, less cranky and more functional when we left—and we had had new year’s soup!

We ate at Kam Gan San in midtown, the one with the giant waterfall and the white piano at the top. This restaurant is the best and you always get a seat and food very quickly. I seriously don’t even go to the other joint anymore at all. Check it out.