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New trend making Lunar New Year traditions easier Updated: 2020-01-25 12:17:36 KST


Since the Chosun Dynasty, preparing a table of food to pay respect to one's ancestors has been the most time-consuming part of the Lunar New Year rituals.
Women in the family would take days to prepare the food.
But the preparation of these traditional Charye tables is changing.
Rather than prepare every individual ingredient, some consumers are using ready-to-cook meal kits to help them get through the holiday.
If ordered by 4PM the day before, so-called 'fresh managers' deliver the items to your door the very next day, with products freshly made overnight.

"More customers are ordering traditional rice cake soups, marinated beef and stir-fried glass noodles. Instead of an inconvenient tradition, they sit around and enjoy typical Korean food."

This is all you need to prepare a simple table for four people costing around 40 U.S. dollars.
The meal kit comes with everything needed for cooking.
The ingredients have already been washed, sliced and sealed, and come with the right amount of seasoning.
All you have to do is pour everything into a pan or a pot depending on the type of the food.

"Meal kits are good because there are no left overs. Also it's convenient as I don't have to shop for ingredients. It is high quality and fresh."

Meanwhile, convenience stores are offering Premium Lunch Boxes to people staying in the cities, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the Lunar New Year.

Lunch boxes are becoming more popular during the holidays, with industry sources saying that packages for the holiday have seen sales increase 200 percent last year compared to the year before.

"The main targets are millennials. Especially with the increase of people living alone they tend not to do anything special for Seollal. And those looking for jobs or studying during the holiday don't go far to visit families."

A recent survey shows one out of five people in their 20 and 30s prefer to stay in the city.
As most of the restaurants are off on the long weekend it has become a new trend to grab Lunar New Year delicacies at nearby convenience stores instead.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.
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