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Getting Ready for Chuseok: How To Make Songpyeon

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Chuseok, Korea’s most important holiday, is right around the corner and people are getting ready to celebrate with their families and honoring their ancestors. To get into the right mood, Jeongsu and I decided to make one of the many traditional Korean snacks for the festival: Songpyeon! If you don’t know how to make songpyeon yet, this video will get you started in under 10 minutes!

What is Songpyeon?

Songpyeon (송편) are half-moon-shaped rice cakes that contain different kinds of sweet fillings. I ordered a songpyeon mix from Gmarket, Korea’s most popular online shop, for only $5. Order it here. 

How to Make Songpyeon?

With the instant mix from Gmarket, you can easily make the traditional Korean snack at home!

  1. Mix the white rice powder with water and make the dough,
  2. Mix the filling paste with water,
  3. Form small plates of rice dough, put a teaspoon of filling in the middle and fold the rice cakes halfway,
  4. Steam over low heat for 15 minutes.


Watch Jeongsu and me making Songpyeon at home in Korea:

Enjoy & Happy Chuseok!


Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.


  1. Nadia Moore on September 25, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Cool video! My kids brought me some Songpyeon this week during school time and it was so delicious. They were learning how to make it. Bravo to you for getting in there and making some!

    How long would you say the whole process took? This may be something to take home and make for my family in South Africa. One more question! Does Songpyeon keep well? Can you just pop it in the fridge once it’s cooked?

    • Linda on September 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      The process didn’t take long at all. Maybe 40 minutes? I kept them in the fridge and then I’d steam them again to reheat them 🙂

  2. Laura on September 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I had no idea it was so simple to make them. I used to buy them from my local rice cake shop. They are so freaking delish. I miss them!

  3. Williams Nana Kyei on September 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Linda, this is eye-opener for me. I never knew it was so cool to make Rice Cake for yourself. The video is instructive and clear. I love Rice cake and will try making at home with my friends. Happy Chuseok to you both. Thanks for sharing.

    • Linda on September 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 Let me know how it went if you made them too 🙂 Happy Chuseok

  4. Wendy Flor on October 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    This is very simple to do. And not so expensive, too. Thanks for sharing.

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