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 Home >> Korean Cuisine >> Heotjesa-bab (Boiled rice mixed with vegetables for night meal)

Heotjesabob, a Winter Night Snack to Appeasing Hunger

Heotjesabob is left over food from ancestor worship ceremony. This was a perfect night snack and nothing could not be compared. Korean enjoyed its good taste as a night snack between 11pm to 3 in the morning, and more over it has been always grateful to share the food with other people.

The origin of Heotjesabob

Korean has memorial service as traditional ceremony and they prepare a lot of food to serve with. This ceremony was also known as the day of filling with food. When the ceremony is finished, all the generations and family share the food together. All the family joining and filling their empty stomach with left over food in the middle of night was always delightful.

The memorial service day was not the only day to eat Heotjesabob. Korean needed some night snack, especially a long winter nights. They prepared and eat some Heotjesabob, not only for ceremony food but as well as a usual night snacks. This manners and customs has started from poverty. And sharing Heojesabob became Korean tradition even nowadays.

Making Heotjesaob

The main ingredients are wild greens and soup. The odor of burning incense during memorial service permeated the wild greens and that helped to have Heotjesbob more tasty. Believe or not, Korean never cooked during the days, only because Korean believed that cooking green during the day is not good as during the night.

The number of wild green has to be odd number, seven or nine. Also, Korean cook not more than once, because if you cook too much, that might spoil the taste of wild greens. Another characteristic is no adding the artificial flavors, except soy sauce, salt with parched sesame and sesame oil. Steamed dried freshwater fish and croaker were another Heotjesabob food. They also boil the jowl of fish with whole milk as a soup.

Lastly, mix all of those ingredients which are rice, wild green and soup in an earthen bowl, the Korean traditional pottery, TTukbaegi. If you eat it during the day, it is only a simple Bibibob. However, it becomes an important snack during the night.

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