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Traditional Candy—Kangjong

Date: 07/12/2022 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

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Kangjong , also called sanja , is one of the traditional candies of the Korean nation. It is made by kneading the dough of glutinous rice with liquor, frying it and applying honey and bean flour on it.

According to Songhosaesolryuson , a historical book from the period of the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910), sanja originally was fried rice, but as it was attached to kangjong , kangjong is also called sanja .

According to other historical books such as Umsikjimibang and Kyuhapchongso , the main materials were rice powder and liquor except some kinds of kangjong .

Most of kangjong are generally covered with dressings, and it becomes varied according to the kinds, shapes and colours of dressings.

As it is covered with dressings of sesame, beans and pine nut which are different in shape and colour, the candy looks beautiful.

It is not only crispy, sweet and tasty but also melts slowly in the mouth and has a high nutritive value.

It is still one of the national candies favoured by the Korean people.

An Hyon Chol, researcher of Folklore Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences

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