Alternative names Rainbow rice cake
Type Tteok
Place of origin Korea
Associated national cuisine Korean cuisine
Main ingredients Rice flour
Cookbook: Mujigae-tteok  Media: Mujigae-tteok
Korean name
Hangul 무지개떡
Revised Romanization mujigae-tteok
McCune–Reischauer mujigae-ttŏk
IPA [mu.dʑ.gɛ.t͈ʌk̚]
Hangul 色-
Revised Romanization saektteok
McCune–Reischauer saekttŏk
IPA [sɛk̚.t͈ʌk̚]
Hangul 색편
Hanja 色-
Revised Romanization saekpyeon
McCune–Reischauer saekp'yŏn
IPA [sɛk̚.pʰjʌn]

Mujigae-tteok (무지개떡) or rainbow rice cake is a layered tteok (rice cake) of different colors resembling a rainbow.[1] It is used for special occasions such as a banquet, party, or feast like doljanchi (first birthday), hwangapjanchi (60th birthday). Alternative names for mujigae-tteok include saektteok (색떡) and saekpyeon (색편), both of which means "colored rice cakes".[2]


The addition of food coloring makes mujigae-tteok different from the other varieties of seolgi-tteok, such as white baek-seolgi.[2] It is made by steaming sweetened non-glutinous rice flour in a siru (steamer).[3] Sweetened rice flour is made by first grinding soaked rice and mixing it with honey or sugar solution. The flour is then rubbed between the palms for uniform mixing of the ingredients and finally sieved.[2] Food colorings, commonly gardenia (yellow), rock tripe powder (grey), mugwort powder (green), and devil's-tongue powder (pink), are then added and mixed with small amount of water.[3] Colored and white (uncolored) rice flour are then laid on a cloth-lined siru in about 2 centimetres (0.79 in) thick layers and steamed.[3]

See also


  1. "Mujigaetteok" 무지개떡. Korean-English Learners' Dictionary. National Institute of Korean Language. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 "Mujigae-tteok" 무지개떡. Doopedia (in Korean). Doosan Corporation. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 National Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology, RDA (2008). "Saekpyun (Mujigae Tteok)" 색편(무지개떡). Hanguk-ui jeontong hyangto eumsik 2: Seoul & Gyeonggi-do 한국의 전통 향토 음식 2: 서울·경기도 [Korea Traditional Local Food 2: Seoul & Gyeonggi-do]. Paju, Gyeonggi Province: Kyomunsa. p. 413. ISBN 9788936309169 via Korea Traditional Knowledge Portal, KIPO.
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