This morning/afternoon my sister, Allen (her fiancé) and I went to our very good friend/sister’s lovely home to celebrate her baby’s 100th day.
In Korea, on the 100th day after a child is born, a small (or big) feast is prepared to celebrate the child having survived a difficult period in their life. At this celebration, close friends and family come together to feast, sing, offer gifts, and pray for the baby. Rice cakes, wine, and red/black bean cakes sweetened with honey are customary treats served at this celebration. It is truly a beautiful and joyful day for the child, the parents, and their friends/family.
Being Korean, I am very proud that the Korean culture counts for many rich traditions and a multitude of very old customs that are rooted in ancient philosophies. South Korea is a unique country in that it is still deeply grounded in its historic routes while still being one of the fastest growing and competing countries in modern technology, design, and entertainment.
Two interesting traditions for Korean 100th-day celebrations:
- Before the feast, the child is seated at a table before various foods and objects such as a book, notebook, spool of thread, paintbrush, ink, and money. It is traditionally believed that whichever object the child pick-ups/reaches for, will foretell the child’s future. For example, if the child picks the writing brush or book, it is believed that he/she will grow up to become a scholar. If the child picks up the rice or the money, he/she will live to be very wealthy. If the child pics up the thread, he/she will live a very long life.
- Koreans believe that if 100 people eat the rice cakes from the child’s celebration, the child will live a very long and healthy life. Therefore, the family will often send rice cakes to neighbors, friends, and co-workers. Those who receive these dishes will then return that dish (after eating the rice cake) with either a piece of thread, a kernel of rice, or a coin money on the plate, expressing their hope for the child.
At this celebration, the child is dressed up in traditional Korean clothes, also known as a “hanbok.’ Aren’t the vibrant colors and simple lines gorgeous?
My sister with baby YJ, so precious.
I, of course, brought a dish of my own. This treat, you have to try. It definitely gives my Vegan Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread w/ Buttercream a run for its money!
ChocoChip Banana Oat Cake w/Banana-Almond Butter Glaze
adapted from Oh She Glow
- 2 cups regular oats (processed into a flour in a blender)
- 1/2 cup regular oats (not processed)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/16 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tbsp cane sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (flax seeds could work too)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil (melted)
- 2 1/2 medium very ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Fold in: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips; 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped; 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a blender (or food processor), process 2 cups of regular oats until it turns into a flour.
- In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together (processed oats, regular oats, spices, sugar, salt, chia seeds and baking powder)
- In another large bowl, mix wet ingredients together (coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, apple sauce, and bananas). Mix and mash the bananas well into the mixture (there may be a few small banana chunks but try to get it as smooth as possible).
- Pour the wed mixture into the dry mixture and stir until everything is combined.
- Add in the chocolate chips, walnuts, and the chopped banana.
- Spread into prepared pan and bake for 36 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake must be cooled for at least 15-20 minutes before attempting to remove.
- Once fully cooled, slice and top with PB Banana Glaze (see below). Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Makes 8-10 servings.
- In a well-greased cake/casserole pan, pour in mixture and bake for ~25 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean)
- Allow the cake to cool for 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, make the almond butter glaze (see below for recipe)
Banana-Almond Butter Glaze
adapted from Oh She Glows
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 cup confectioner/icing/powdered sugar
- Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and consistent
- Refrigerate for ~30 minutes before applying to bread.