11 Recipes to Celebrate Chuseok (aka Korean Thanksgiving)
Chuseok (aka Korean Thanksgiving) is upon us, arriving blessedly late this year (some years it comes so quickly after summer that it feels like whiplash). Friday, September 29, is the official Chuseok holiday in Korea, which is bookended by days off on Thursday and Saturday to allow people to travel and visit their families in the countryside or their ancestral gravesites.
Traditionally, the Chuseok table, or charye-sang, is prepared to honor past ancestors and is stocked with a teeming display of jeon, rice cakes, vegetable and meat dishes, soup, fish, fruits, jujubes, and chestnuts. Which is a lot!
I host an annual Chuseok party in my Brooklyn apartment, but I pick and choose the dishes that I serve my friends and family. I also definitely rely on store-bought when it comes to items like rice cakes, leaning on the expert hands of the Koreatown rice cake bakeries in Flushing.
Whether you’re throwing your own Chuseok party, or looking for a classic Korean dish to honor the holiday, below are 11 recipes to steer you in the right direction.