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Much Ado about White Day

Today is White Day, 화이트데이 (hwaiteu dei) in Korean. White Day is another special day for couples celebrated on March 14th in some countries in Asia including South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. White Day is similar to Western-style Valentine’s Day wherein men give chocolates, candies, flowers or gifts to their ladylove.


Looove Day

 

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Sweet Red Bean Stuffed French Toast

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I created this recipe for Cucumbertown, an awesome recipe blogging platform.  Check it out!

Pastries filled with red bean paste are very popular here in Korea and all over Asia. In this fusion recipe, sweet red bean ‘jam’ is layered between bakery bread and cut into hearts to make a uniquely delicious stuffed french toast. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed!

Sweet Red Bean Stuffed French Toast

Sweet Red Bean Stuffed French Toast

Servings: 4

Ingredients:


How To Celebrate Valentine's Day Like a Korean

No one does lovey-dovey coupley stuff better than the Koreans.  This is evidenced by their tendency to snuggle in public, book lovers' seats in movie theaters, and celebrate a number of made-up holidays dedicated to coupledom.  While each holiday has its own concept and is celebrated on the 14th of each month, there's no doubt that the biggest of these is Valentine's Day.

Although the Western-inspired celebration of romance didn't become popular in Korea until the mid-1900s, it has since become one of the most anticipated holidays in the country, at least for those with a significant other.  Valentine's Day, unlike in the West, is a day reserved for women to celebrate the special men in their lives while the men reciprocate in March.  Despite this, it's not unusual for Korean men to do something nice for their girlfriends on V-Day.

So, how exactly do Koreans celebrate Valentine's Day, you ask?  And, how can you celebrate Valentine's Day like a Korean?  Check out Seoul Searching's suggestions to Koreanize your special day of romance this year.

Make Personalized Chocolates

Valentine's Day is synonymous with chocolate, and this is just as true in Korea as it in the West.  Giving chocolate to your sweety is pretty much obligatory and because of this, it's hard to walk down the street without running into sales displays of all sorts of chocolates and chocolate-inspired desserts.  Even convenience stores pre-package Valentine's Day goodies for those on the go.  But, to most, this is a cop out.


Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

This treat is both delicious and full of heart healthy ingredients like dried cherries, almonds and dark chocolate.  It’s the perfect valentine treat.

Cherry Almond Bark Hearts

Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

-6 oz dark chocolate (over 70% for maximum health benefits)

-1/3 cup dried cherries

-60 almonds

Directions

1. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.


Pepero Day


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