Saturday, October 3, 2009

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in K-Town!

Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to all the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese people today!

I was just in Korean Town (NY) on 32nd Street, or also known as, Korean Way (yes, thats''the street name) and saw them setting up for the festivities. I unfortunately couldn't stay to partake in the festivities, but I did take some quick snap shots of whats going on (of course, i can't post that now either since I'm writing from a remote location)... but just to give everyone a quick sense of whats going on!

There are numerous stands filling Korea Way (between 5th avenue and Broadway) -- some selling Korean shampoo/conditioner, selling phone cards to call Korea or selling you phone service (yes, MetroPCS is there) and selling you baked goods. If that doesn't interest you (b/c that does sound a bit boring), perhaps the smell of BBQ will entice you to visit the the 29th Annual Korean Parade Festival. There is a diverse selection of food items -- Grilled Marinated Short Ribs over rice with Kimchi, Spicy Rice Cake with Fish Cake, Grilled Squid with Hot and Spicy sauce over rice, Korean Style Pancake, Korean Fried Dumplings, Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Pork Sausage, Korean Style Pig's Feet, and the New York Hot Dog Company (Korean Hot Dogs)... you get the idea. Food is plentiful there! Aside from the food and the literature about Korea, there is also a sound stage that will host all activities for the day. Among the activities you will see a few performers (Lee Su, Woori Garak Dance Academy, 6 year old Ye Eun Jin, and Eugene Park and Village Underground Band perform) and a few announcements from the Michael Bloomberg (NYC Mayor) and Charles Rangel (Congressman US House of Representatives).

Left to Right: Korean Sausage, Korean Pancake and Korean Style Pig Feet

Spicy Rice Cake with Fish Cake (left is the spicy sauce and right is the rice cake and fish cake)

Left to Right: Fried Dumplings, NY "Korean" Hot Dog, Korean Baked Good

Also, if you feel a bit lost and want to know more about Korea, the Korean way and also event information -- there are TWO pamphlets you should pick up -- The Wonderful World of Korean Food and The 29th annual Korean Parade Festival Book. The first will introduce you to all the different types of food and the history of it. It will also give you a sense of what Koreans typically eat during the holidays, how to make kimchi or how to cook Korean food at home) and a lot of other useful information about Korean food. The other book gives you a run down of what is going on today in Korean town. For example:

12:00 p.m. -- parade starts on 41st and 6th avenue and ends on 24th Street and 6th avenue.
12:30 p.m. -- Won Jo will be passing out free Bi Bim Bop samples that they will be serving out of what looks like a big wooden tub (sounds weird, but a friend said it was really tasty last year!).

The festival on 32nd Street between 5th avenue and Broadway will continue till 6:00 p.m., so don't miss your opportunity to immerse yourself in Korean culture through tasting Korean food and witnessing Korean performances (i.e. Puppet Dance).

For more info on the Mid-Autumn Moon festival, check out my two previous Moon Cake posts:

or just go to:

Enjoy! and Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to everyone!!

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