How were rice cakes made?
Traditionally, rice is soaked in water, then ground into a paste using a mortar and pestle. The paste is then steamed and pressed into a patterned mold (like the one here) that has been oiled with sesame oil. Each family had their own mold with a unique design. Sometimes the cakes are filled with sweet bean paste. Have you ever eaten one?
Interesting. No, I haven’t. So the rice cake mold is kind of like a family seal?
In a way, it is. The cakes were typically prepared for family events like holidays and weddings.
How did this Korean rice cake mold work? It looks kinda like a stamp!
That's a very astute observation! The ricecakes are made from a rice-based paste and were indeed stamped with molds like this one after being formed into disks.
The stamps or molds decorated the treats that were usually made for special occasions like holidays and weddings.
I see! Seeing that mold made me crave some 떡, especially some sweet rice cakes. 감사합니다! Thank you!
I can see why! You're very welcome!
Tell me more.
This is a Korean rice cake mold. The rice is soaked in water, then ground into a paste using a mortar and pestle. Then, the paste is steamed and pressed into a well-oiled mold like this one.
The cakes can be filled with sweet bean paste or other fillings, and designs vary too!
That’s incredible! Thanks again!