World Ch. Schedule : FRI 08:30 KST
* Date : 2017-01-06
On Dongji, the shortest day and longest night of the year, Koreans have always had patjuk, red bean porridge.
It's a seasonal food that is believed to repel bad energy and evil spirits, allowing for a long and happy life.
On Dongji, Buddhists in Korea share patjuk together after prayer at the temple, also believing that the porridge will rid them of misfortunes from the past year and bring good fortune in the coming year.
Other seasonal foods enjoyed on Dongji include red bean rice cakes called pat-siru-tteok, and cold noodles served with radish water kimchi called dongchimi. All of these foods were meant to help Koreans bear the long winter.
Dongji is a day for wrapping up a year, and anticipating the next.
On this episode, we meet the Dongji seasonal foods that fill Korean tables on the longest night of the year.