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Sweet Potato Pastries for “Chuseok”

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This year’s 추석: (Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving Day) falls on September 19th. As one of the most important celebrations in South Korea is fast approaching, Chuseok gift sets abound. Have you thought of what present to bring along when you visit your husband’s parents or your Korean friend’s house?

If you happen to pass by Dongdaemun station, why not check out 고구마명가 (Goguma myeongga)? This small cafe and bakery, which is actually just a food stall, sells delicious pie, bread, cookies and other pastries made of goguma or sweet potato. They have gift sets which are very affordable and perfect as Chuseok presents.

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Here are gift set samples for Chuseok.

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A 20-piece gift set costs 26 USD (1,137 PHP); a 14-piece gift set is 17 USD (771 PHP)… not too pricey compared to other Chuseok gifts like traditional Korean sweets or pastries, wine, fruit, meat, etc.

Today, I found a Chuseok gift set of traditional Korean sweets in Lotte Department Store, and my jaw dropped when I looked at the price… 200,000 KRW (183 USD) (8,119 PHP)! Traditional Korean sweets are not even that toothsome.

I don’t really like sweet potatoes, but 고구마명가 makes very good sweet potato pastries. My favorite is goguma-green tea pie which is best eaten when it is just out of the oven. I always ask for the newly-baked pie whenever I buy.

Here in Korea, there are so many dishes made of sweet potato, from appetizers to desserts such as salad, pizza, cookies, cake and even ice cream! Sometimes it’s cooked with meat, too.

You can buy 20 pieces of assorted sweet potato cookies in a box for 16 USD (731 PHP). If you would like to bring some for your family, you can buy 10 pieces of different flavors of pie and cookies for 13 USD (568 PHP).

I bought sweet potato pastries for my parents-in-law the other day, and they liked them. I am going to order a Chuseok set for my husband’s eldest uncle. I think his family will like the gift. =)

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고구마명가 has shops all over Korea. Here is a list of where the shops are located and their numbers. Visit their website for more information. 

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What other gifts are great for Chuseok? Please share them with us by clicking the comment button. ^^

Have a happy Chuseok! ^^

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9 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Pastries for “Chuseok”

  1. Thanks for featuring my recipe! Great article!

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  2. Yes, it is. :-) however, his parents won’t do 성묘 nor 벌초…just the 차례… then I asked him if we will prepare a lot.. he just said that we won’t be preparing much.. my husband’s father is the eldest but only one aunt will celebrate chuseok with us :) so sieomoni said preparing much would be a waste and we would end up eating the smorgasbord ourselves :) oh and sadly, we won’t make 송편 :(
    I was so excited about it…

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  3. My boyfriend’s family does the rituals so I guess I know what’s in store for me :)

    Of course I’ll check it out! :)

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  4. Is it going to be your first Chuseok? Good luck. =)

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  5. I don’t like Chuseok because of all the preparation. My husband’s family is Christian, so we don’t do “charye” (ancestral memorial rites)… but we have to go to the eldest uncle’s house early in the morning for breakfast, and stay there until dinner time. Of course, that would mean helping in the chores. The day before Chuseok, I have to go to the eldest uncle’s house to help prepare food for the next day. Last year, I was luckier, I didn’t have to do that, because eldest uncle and his family moved out and I didn’t know their new house. I am going to write a post about my first Chuseok. Hope you’ll check it out. =)

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  6. Oh, I meant to ask you, do you like Chuseok, or is it like Christmas in the Western world – too much pressure to get everything done on time?

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  7. I would love to try those! I actually love sweet potatoes but I never tried them in a pastry. I’ll make sure to try it as soon as I go to Korea.

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  8. Waaaa, lapit na Chuseok. Excited at kabado nako. :)

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  9. Waaaa. Lapit na Chuseok. Excited at kabado nako :)

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