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I’m going to introduce a beautiful Korean rice cake today. It’s called mujigae-tteok (무지개떡). Mujigae means rainbow, so my ancestors must have got the idea for the name from a rainbow! I love it! This is an example of how they incorporated natural beauty into their everyday life. Even though the name of the rice cake is “rainbow rice cake,” it is usually made with only 3-5 different colored layers. That’s why this rice cake is sometimes called “colorful rice cake” (색떡, saektteok).
In this recipe, I am using 5 different colors from bottom to top: brown, green, yellow, pink, and white.
This rice cake is made on special occasions like a baby’s 1 year old birthday, or a wedding. As you see in this video, making this rice cake takes a lot of effort and time, even though the ingredients are comparatively simple. However, if you make this rice cake for someone very special in your life, you wouldn’t care much about time and effort. : ) You may wish this while you’re rubbing the rice flour with your palms:
“I wish my baby becomes healthy, smart, and a good, warm-hearted person!”
“I wish my parents have healthy and long life!”
“To show my love for my lovely husband (or wife) !”
Leave a comment and let me know what you wish when you make this!
A note about short grain rice flour: the flour you buy at your local store or the flour you make may have more or less moisture in it than the rice flour I use in this recipe. This is because of many different things like how long it’s been in the freezer in the store, or the atmospheric conditions where you live. You may need to steam more or less, depending on how dry or wet your short grain rice flour is.
Cooking time: 1.5 hours
Steamer, sifter, 8 inch (20 cm) ring or springform.
Brown layer (the bottom layer):
White layer (the top layer):
Now let’s garnish!
Finally, let’s steam it:
Originally posted on November 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm by Maangchi.
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