Title : Korean Food Series (2nd Issue) 
Stamp Serial#
2223 
KPC#
C-1701 
MICHEL#
2250 
StanGib#
Not listed 
Scott#
2083b 
Date of Issue
06/15/2002 
Quantity
1,000,000 each 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
sirutteok,  
Designer
Kim, Hyun 
Image Area
37mm x 27mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5 x 4 (setenant) 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, 6 colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The second batch of the traditional Korean Food Series introduces Korean rice cakes. Rice cakes, or tteok, made by steaming or boiling cakes made from rice powder, are presumed to have existed before the Three Kingdom Period. Rice cakes are a Korean favorite that have been enjoyed since the introduction of rice cultivation in ancient times. They are an important part of all holiday meals and served in important ceremonies such as a baby's first birthday, weddings, sixtieth birthday and also appear on the tables prepared for ancestral memorial rites.

Siru-tteok
Siru-tteok is rice cake flavored with red beans. Red beans are boiled and coarsely ground into a sweet powder. The rice cake and the ground sweet red beans are placed in layers in a siru, the traditional rice steamer, and steamed. In ancient Korea, October was counted as the most important month of the year and in this month, rice cakes flavored with red beans were made in households for ancestral rites praying for a bounteous harvest and prosperity. Even today, families moving into a new house make Sirutteok to be used in a sacrificial rite and to be shared with the new neighbors.