Yesterday was Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. On the Korean calendar it was also Dongji/동지 (lunar 11/24).  This special day has a food requirement ~ eat patjook/팥죽 (sweet red bean porridge) for good luck.  By eating sweet red bean paste porridge, evil spirits will not bother you for another year.  Mother-in-law explained this to me as she ate a bowl of porridge.  The red color is distasteful to evil spirits.  I opted for pat-ice-cream instead, let’s hope it’s the ingredient and not the form that matters.


Soak sweet red beans before boiling into porridge.  Sugar, salt, dduk/떡 (small rice cakes) may be added.