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Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in Korean Culture, Korean Food | 2 comments

Korea’s jonggatjip (wives of elder sons) reveal their ancient secrets

Korea’s jonggatjip (wives of elder sons) reveal their ancient secrets

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Try some yaksik, which is a dessert made with steamed glutinous rice made with chestnuts, jujubes, pine nuts and cinnamon, in a honey and soy sauce seasoning. Photo courtesy of Korea.net via creative commons license

The JoongAng Daily’s Lee Seok-hee posted an article revealing some of the secrets of South Korea’s daughters-in-law.

Being the wife of the eldest son in Korea used to be a full-time occupation. … While Korea has come a long way from the days when extended families lived together under one roof and the women had to cook meals for many people throughout the day, remnants of the traditional Korea can still be seen in the recipes that have been passed down from mother to daughter-in-law for generations. Because of these traditions, jonggatjip (종가집, families of the eldest sons) have gained a reputation for making exquisite traditional food that is quite different from the food in mainstream groceries and restaurants. These treasured recipes were kept a family secret for hundreds of years. However, with the increasing globalization of Korean food in recent years, the recipes are now being released to the public.

For more information, check out Culinary secrets of Korea’s daughters-in-law – INSIDE JoongAng Daily

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