These Korean rice cakes come in about a bajillion different varieties, but during New Year celebrations you're most likely to find them in soup called tteokguk. You'll also find tons of sweet variations that you should absolutely eat, since it's a celebration, dammit, and it's also really hard to dance while eating soup.
Andy Kryza is Thrillist's national eat/drink senior editor, and spent five years writing horoscopes under the pseudonym of Madame Mingmei. In case you were wondering, he is a metal rooster, and will have a lopsided year. Follow him to your future via Twitter at @apkryza.