today, we had Lan’s 100 day celebration.
in korea, it’s called a baek-il.
the 100 day celebration is pretty big in korea because infant mortality was very high.
you didn’t show your baby to your relatives or neighbors until then!
in japan, we do a small ritual called an okuizome.
you make an itty bitty 4 course meal for the baby and pretend to feed them. this ritual is so that they will never go hungry.
since she’s both (AND vietnamese), we decided to do a combo celebration within the family.
for both cultures, there are lucky foods that should be served on the 100th day.
in korea, seaweed soup and rice cakes are served.
you’re also supposed to place red bean cakes in the four directional corners of your house. i currently have a red bean rice cake on my bedside table because that’s the west most point of the house…
in japan: red rice, clear soup, grilled fish, pickles, and stewed vegetables are served.
nobody likes red rice or snapper in our family, so we did kimbap (korean nori rolls) and steamed crab.
we made a batch of korean seaweed soup and some spinach namul too!
and then i got lazy so i used kimchee as her pickled course. haha.
Hiroki was away for a vegas bachelor party but sped home so that he wouldn’t miss her celebration!!!
by the time he got home, Lan was super uninterested in her platter… but at least she got to celebrate it with the whole family.