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Mujigae Tteok

By Aazan Ahmad, Age 13, South Korea

 

I live in Seoul, South Korea. I have experienced many different types of food here. But my favorite Korean food is Mujigae Tteok. I’m going to tell you about this delicious food.

Mujigae Tteok is a Korean rice cake. Mujigae means “Rainbow”. It consists of colorful layers. It is usually made with only 3-5 colors. These rice cakes are usually made on special occasions, like a child’s first birthday, or a wedding.

Now, I’m going to tell you how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pound package of frozen rice flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Liquid food coloring(color may vary).
  • Lemon
  • Mugwort Powder
  • Cocoa Powder

Utensils:

  • Steamer
  • Sifter
  • 8 inch(20 cm) ring or springform

Directions:

  1. Thaw out frozen rice flour package and put it into a large bowl.
  2. Sift the rice flour.
  3. Add 10 cups of water in the bottom of a steamer, and place a wet cloth over the rack.
  4. Place the 8 inch cake ring in the center of the rack.

Brown layer (the bottom layer)

  1. Place 1 cup of rice flour in a medium sized bowl. Add 1 ts cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, 2 tbs of white sugar, and 4 ts of water.
  2. Mix it all up and press out any wet lumps by rubbing the lumps gently between your palms.
  3. Put the mixture into a sifter and sift into the center of the ring.
  4. Flatten out the mixture so it sits level in the ring.
*tip: a business card works well

Green layer

  1. Place 1½ cup of rice flour in a medium sized bowl. Add a pinch of salt, 2 tbs sugar, and 1 ts  mugwort powder (ssukgaru).
*tip: you can replace mugwort powder with green tea powder
  2. Put 2 tbs of water and 1 drop of green liquid food coloring into a small bowl and mix well.
*tip: Use a chopstick to get a very little amount of the food coloring.
  3. Add the green water to the rice cake mixture and mix it all up. Press out any wet lumps by rubbing the lumps gently between your palms.
  4. Put the mixture into a sifter and sift into the center of the ring.
  5. Flatten out the mixture so it sits level in the ring.

Yellow layer

  1. Place 1½ cup of rice flour in a medium sized bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 2 tbs sugar.
  2. Put 1tbs lemon juice, 1 tbs water, and 1 drop of yellow liquid food coloring into a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the yellow water to the rice cake mixture and mix it all up. Press out any wet lumps by rubbing the lumps gently between your palms.
  4. Put the mixture into a sifter and sift into the center of the ring.
  5. Flatten out the mixture so it sits level in the ring.

Pink layer

  1. Place 1½ cup of rice flour in a medium sized bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 2 tbs sugar.
  2. Put 2 tbs water and 1 drop of hot pink (fuchsia) liquid food coloring into a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the pink water to the rice cake mixture and mix it all up. Press out any wet lumps by rubbing the lumps gently between your palms.
  4. Put the mixture into a sifter and sift into the center of the ring.
  5. Flatten out the mixture so it sits level in the ring.

White layer (the top layer)

  1. Place 1 cup of rice flour in a medium sized bowl. Add a pinch of salt, 2 tbs white sugar, and 4 ts water.
  2. Mix it up and press out any wet lumps by rubbing the lumps gently between your palms.
  3. Put the mixture into a sifter and sift into the center of the ring
  4. Flatten out the mixture so it sits level in the ring.

Now let’s garnish!

  1. On the top of the cake place 5 dried cranberries to make flower petals. Put a few pine nuts in the center.
  2. Cut a dried apricot into a thin strip, and place it as a flower stem.

Finally, let’s steam it…

  1. Close the lid of the steamer and bring to a boil for 30 minutes over high heat.
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer another 5 minutes.
  3. Take out the rice cake and let it cool down.

I hope you understand the instructions. Also, I hope you will like the rainbow rice cake.


One comment

  1. olivia yuan /

    It looks really good

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