Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Korean 100 Day Ceebration

We not only celebrated Father's Day this weekend, but we got together to celebrate Winsley's 100th day. It sounds funny to celebrate less than 4 months here on earth, but it was a big deal back in the day in South Korea. You see, back in the day, the survival rate for children was very low and mothers would keep their newborns indoors to prevent any illnesses and increase the baby's chance of survival. On the 100th day after the child's birth, the mother would finally take her child outdoors and finally meet the neighbors, friends, and relatives. 

Traditionally, rice cake would be served to 100 people - a little superstition thought to help protect the child's life. We celebrated with rice cake, but we certainly didn't share it with 100 people. Hmmm. Maybe that's why Winsley is starting to catch a cold that I was sure was out of everyone's system last week. Back to the rice cake - I'm not a fan. It's literally cake. . . made out of rice. Rice flour, sugar, and salt. That's it. Where's the icing?! And I am certain that there is only a dash of sugar. My husband claims it is sweet, but I just taste bland rice. On the other hand, all of our Korean relatives aren't big fans of American desserts - they think they are too sweet. :)


  1. i LOVE this post! i'm not a fan of rice cakes either. although i do like the ones they make for chuseok with the honey in the middle : ) yummmm. i fed pancakes and syrup to my students once and they also complained that they were too sweet! yet theres sugar on their garlic bread here...i'm confused...

  2. I spent three years living in Korea, and when I went back to the U.S., my mom made me Funfetti cake, which is one of my favorite kinds of cake. I remember trying it and spitting it out because it was way too sweet for me. Unfortunately, I've readjusted back to my American ways and now think it's just as delicious as I thought it was before!
    Now following you via GFC!

  3. I know what you mean. When we traveled to Korea, the sweetest thing that I could find was bread with red bean paste inside and I was in sugar heaven. When we got back to the states, I had almond pound cake and felt like I was eating pure sugar.

  4. Korea is such a confusing country :) I've never tried the rice cake with honey in the middle - maybe I can convince my in-laws to get that kind next time.

    Once, I tried giving my mother-in-law a sampling of mini desserts to try. She was totally confused and didn't understand the concept of 'dessert'. She kept saying 'People don't eat all their dinner, so they can have sweets?' Only in America, I guess


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