떡 – Rice Cake

떡 means rice cake. As a food, 떡 has great cultural significance in Korea. It is part of the menu on a child’s first birthday and part of a soup on New Years Day. It is also used in a variety of desserts and snacks. Many stores specialize in selling 떡. Below are some examples.

낙원 is an area of Seoul, while 집 means house.

떡 times three!

시장 means market.

소문난 means well-known, while 방앗간 refers to a rice refinery.

Sweet rice cake desserts are often found in sidewalk sales for 1000 won.

Of course, the most widely seen usage of 떡 is in the popular snack called 떡볶이, rice cakes covered in a sweet and spicy red sauce, widely sold at street vendors (포장마차).

Also on the menu are 김밥 and 오뎅.