KOREAN RICE CAKE
Dduk is a class of Korean rice cake made with glutinous rice flour (also known as sweet rice or chapssal) by steaming. Normal rice flour can be used for some kinds of Dduk. There are hundreds of different kinds of Dduk eaten year round. In Korea, it is customary to eat Dduk Guk (rice cake soup) on New Year's Day and sweet Dduk at weddings and on birthdays. It is often considered a celebratory food and can range from rather elaborate versions with nuts and fruits down to the plain-flavored Dduk used in home cooking. Some common ingredients for many kinds of Dduk are mung bean, red bean, and sweet red bean paste, Korean mugwort, jujube and other dried fruits, sesame seeds and oil, sugar, and pine nuts.