If you get a chance to visit Insadong, neighborhood of the Jongno-gu district of Seoul, stop by the Institute of Traditional Korean Food.
Here you can experience the 500-year-of the Korea’s rice cake, tteok history and try different versions of tteok. On the first floor, there’s a tteok cafe, where you can have some pieces of rice cake and drink some traditional Korean teas.
There is a lunch set you can try- 5 dishes including tteok sandwich, salad, Korean anchovy, kimchi tteok and other pretty tteok pieces.
Gungjung-topokki, royal court rice cake is stir-fried rice cake with beef, mushrooms and assorted vegetables, in a soy sauce.
On the second and third floor, there are exhibition areas where the institute displays different types of rice cakes and methods used to make these delicacies.
Cooking classrooms are located on the rooftop and this spot is where First Lady Kim Yoon-ok made kimchi with Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in October 2009.
Korea.net Staff Writer