The Winter Holidays are a time of gathering in countries and cultures the world over. And what
better way to come together than over shared food, celebrating traditions old and new? We are all about food at our headquarters here in Omaha, and sharing the warmth that comes from good food and great people, whether you’re gathered around the kitchen table or a restaurant menu.
It’s been such an exciting year for Suji’s, it seems fitting that I kick off my new blog at the
holidays when we are joining hands in recognition of what we have and anticipation of what is to come. I urge you to take time out in the coming days to acknowledge those in your lives who have special meaning to you, set aside those electronic devices, and simply enjoy being together with a warm meal and good conversation.
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday and good health and prosperity in the coming year.
Seollal, the Lunar New Year, is January 28 this year, and it’s a very special day for Koreans. It’s one of our most important holidays, far more so than January 1. It’s a family celebration, with people gathering over the course of three days, traveling home from wherever they are, to reconnect with each other and to pay respects to parents and elderly relatives. Children receive gifts of money, called Saebaedon, which is something all youngsters look forward to. Truthfully, it was one of my favorite parts of the holiday when I was a child!
Like all good holidays, food plays a central role in our traditions. A traditional dish that you’ll find on most Korean tables this day is Tteokguk, a soup, served with sliced rice cakes. Another is buchimgae, a savory pancake that we tear into pieces with our chopsticks as we eat. Usually my own family table is filled with many dishes – lots of fruits and vegetables, savory bulgogi and galbi, which we share together as we visit and catch up with each other.
No matter what your culture is, coming together as family or with friends is so important. Sharing good food as part of that coming together adds a sense of nurturing and caring. It’s what food does! We wish you a wonderful new year and many fine meals, shared with your loved ones.