Tteok (떡) (Korean pronunciation: [t͈ʌk]; also spelled ddeock, duk, dduk, ddeog, orthuck) is a class of Koreanrice cakes made with glutinousrice flour (also known as sweet rice or chapssal), by steaming. Normal rice flour can be used for some kinds oftteok. There are hundreds of different kinds of tteok eaten year round. In Korea it is customary to eat tteok guk (tteok soup) on New Year's Day and sweet tteok at weddings and on birthdays. It is often considered a celebratory food and can range from rather elaborate versions with nuts and fruits down to the plain-flavored tteok used in home cooking. Some common ingredients for many kinds of tteok are mung bean, red bean, and sweet red bean paste, Korean mugwort, jujube and other dried fruits, sesame seeds and oil, sugar, and pine nuts.
Dduk is a popular Korean snack. They're particuarly popular during the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. Dduk is a rice cake made out of a rice flour and can sometimes be sweetened. It can be steamed, fried, boiled, etc. It is loved by young and old alike, and you can often see various versions of Dduk being sold in snack shops and by street vendors thorughout Korea. However, it can be an acquired taste, and unfortunatley, I haven't acquired it! … more