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Goodbye Year of the Dragon & Our Little Dragon’s 100th Day Celebration

February 10, 2013

새해 복 많이 받으세요! Happy lunar new year! It’s the start of the year of the snake and the end of the year the dragon. 2012 was a crazy year for us. Sunnie started a new job, we moved, and then welcomed our son, Tevyn, into the world less than a month after relocating!

Tevyn

In Korea, the traditional first big celebration for a new baby is the 100th day celebration, 100 days after the baby is born. Families have a big feast and invite friends and family over to celebrate the birth. We of course had to do the same and cooked up a vegan Korean feast for our guests.

100-Days 7

We had many of our favorite dishes at the celebration, including japchae

100-Days 5

and soy curl bulgogi

100-Days 4

mung bean pancakes

100-Days 3

ddeokbokki

ddeokbokki

and green onion pancakes

green onion pancakes

kim-mari, fried seaweed rolls

kim-mari

and a variety of rice cakes, along with yak-gwa cookies

korean rice cakes

and finally some yoo-boo cho-bap (tofu pockets stuffed with seasoned rice).

Yoo-boo cho-bap

What a year for us 2012 was! Tevyn is also my excuse for not posting as much as we’d like to. My nickname for him (among others) is Captain Timesuck! That’s his official superhero name until he gets old enough to claim his own.

So, his 100th day celebration was all about the food and friends. I’ll post about his first birthday celebration later this year and some fun Korean traditions we’ll be observing then.

Best wishes and blessings for a wonderful year of the snake!

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  1. February 10, 2013 10:45 pm

    How do you season the soy curl bulgogi? And congrats on your son’s 100th Day!

  2. February 10, 2013 10:50 pm

    Happy 100th day Tevyn :). All of that wonderful food in his honour? I think I had best be quiet about that because my children got NOTHING on their 100th day ;). Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience and these equally wonderful recipes :)

    • Bill permalink*
      February 11, 2013 11:09 am

      Thanks, narf77! Happy new year!

    • Sunnie permalink*
      February 13, 2013 9:15 pm

      Thank you narf77! Happy new year! ;)

  3. February 10, 2013 11:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Glenn62′s Blog.

  4. Connie Robinson permalink
    February 10, 2013 11:39 pm

    Wishing you great health and happiness with your young man!

    • Bill permalink*
      February 11, 2013 11:10 am

      And health and happiness to you too, Connie!

    • Sunnie permalink*
      February 13, 2013 9:14 pm

      Thank you Connie. Happy new year to you too!

  5. February 11, 2013 5:57 am

    That’s one cute munchkin you’ve got there! Awwww! Happy 100th day to little Tevyn (love his onesie too).

    And all that food… makes me so hungry. Would love the recipe for the green onion pancakes and yoo-boo bo-chap, if you find a moment of time in the future. Meanwhile, you can just keep posting pictures of your adorable little one!

    And Happy Year of the Snake to the whole family! Maybe it be filled with joy, health and prosperity!

    • Bill permalink*
      February 11, 2013 12:04 pm

      Best wishes in the new year to you and yours, alua! The yoo-boo cho-bap we just bought a kit in the store that comes with the seasonings and the tofu pockets; although, you can also buy the pockets separately. We should be able to do some posts on those sometimes. In the meantime, a great sub and awesome part food is the fist rice recipe. So you might give it a try!

    • Sunnie permalink*
      February 13, 2013 9:13 pm

      Thank you – alua! Happy new year to you as well. Yes, we love his “vegans are cute and cuddly” onesie! ;)

  6. February 11, 2013 5:01 pm

    Wow! What a surprise! Did I miss a previous announcement? :) Congratulations, he’s a cutie.

    Also, did you notice that Maangchi’s latest recipe is Gung Jung Ddeokbokki? Hmmm. ;-)

    • Bill permalink*
      February 11, 2013 7:45 pm

      Thanks, Lu! No, you didn’t miss a previous announcement, just a couple of very subtle hints about being behind on posting. ;)
      And as for Maangchi’s recipe, ha-ha! I call shenanigans! :)

      • February 12, 2013 11:31 am

        She’s feeling the pressure from the competition! LOL.I love Maangchi, but I’m rooting for my vegan peeps. Just kidding; I know there’s no competition. BTW, I just got Ani Phyo’s Raw Asian cookbook out of the library, and it’s got some great raw versions of various Korean staples. The best thing to me is the recipes that are basically already raw, without things like substitutions for rice and such–she just recasts them in a way that’s almost 100% raw, like various namuls that would have otherwise required blanching. I’m trying her spinach namul with lunch today and am waiting for my oi kimchi to ferment.

        Man, I was dense about the hints. You sly ones. Congrats again!

      • Sunnie permalink*
        February 13, 2013 9:11 pm

        Haha, thanks, Lu! Yes, we saw that Ami had several good Korean recipes in her book! We aren’t too adventurous with raw food, but you should let us know if you like those dishes!! ;) Happy lunar new year!!

  7. February 14, 2013 11:20 am

    새해복많이받으네요, Sunnie! Congratulations again on your lovely baby! The spinach namul was good, but definitely different from the cooked version, even after marinating and wilting. It had that raw texture and not the slight sweetness and more developed taste of cooked spinach. I have cucumber kimchi for lunch today. It smells pretty good after 3 full days fermenting on the counter. It’s amazing how powerful the garlic is at first and then mellows out. I’ve also been eating soaked buckwheat groats for breakfast, and it’s great. Really tasty. I need to invent a more delicious-sounding name for that dish, though. Aish! :)

    • February 14, 2013 11:21 am

      GAH! “받으세요,” obviously. :( Stupid typing fingers.

      • Sunnie permalink*
        February 14, 2013 8:17 pm

        Haha.. ;) I actually didn’t even notice! Happy new year Lu – glad that the oi kimchi was good. Thanks for sharing how the dishes turned out!!

  8. February 17, 2013 3:29 pm

    Your baby is adorable. Congratulations to you all for making the important 100th day milestone! That is an impressive dol-janchi spread. I think your vegan versions of the typical feast foods look delicious. Happy new year!

    • Bill permalink*
      February 19, 2013 10:10 am

      Thanks, Jane! Happy new year to you and your family as well!

  9. February 22, 2013 5:29 am

    Congratulations on your cutie’s 100th day celebration! I just discovered your blog and I am over the moon about the vegan Korean recipes. I’m looking forward to trying some of yours.

    I have a recipe request for you. How would one make jjajang dokbokki?

    • Bill permalink*
      February 24, 2013 8:11 pm

      Hi, SWF! Neither Sunnie nor I have actually ever had jjajang ddeokbokki, but our recent Shindangdong Style Ddeokbokki recipe does use jjajang in it. We would guess that if you’re looking for only jjajang sauce for your ddeokbokki, then just pick up a jar and follow the directions for the sauce, cook the ddeookbokki with maybe some cabbage and onions and add the sauce. Good luck!

      • February 25, 2013 5:11 am

        Thank you for the tips! I will have to try to find some jjajang at my closest Korean market. If I figure out how to make it, I will send you the recipe.

        I can’t wait to make your kimchi. I used to eat kimchi chige at least three times a week when I lived in Seoul. It was one of my favorites! I make a pretty good stew, but I am not confident in my kimchi-making abilities. (I buy Trader Joe’s.)

  10. Julie permalink
    March 11, 2013 6:44 am

    Sorry for the late congrats. I had a procedure done that took awhile to get over and I am getting ready to go in for major surgery next week, so I have been out things. But… Congratulations on your baby boy! He is so adorable! Wishing you all well. Julie

    • Sunnie permalink*
      March 12, 2013 4:19 pm

      Thanks Julie! We hope you’re doing okay, and best wishes for your surgery next week. We will be sending best wishes and healing energy your way.. take care!

  11. Kate permalink
    April 26, 2013 7:04 pm

    I decided to check in today and see what other delicious vegan korean recipes were lurking on your blog… and it looks like a big congratulations are in order!! :) :) Wishing you all the best!!
    (And thanks for the yummy recipes!)

    • Bill permalink*
      April 26, 2013 8:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate! Best wishes to you too! :)

  12. Lee permalink
    May 22, 2013 12:40 pm

    I think this outfit would be appropriate for the vegan youngster.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/100218422/lettuce-turnip-the-beet-organic-cotton?ref=shop_home_active

    • Bill permalink*
      May 24, 2013 10:03 am

      Haha. We have several vegan onesies but will have to consider this one too. Thanks!

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