A Korean friend told me it's traditional to give "yeot" or taffy as a gift, because the sticky sweet is supposed to be good luck. My Korean teacher explained that's because the word for "to stick" and "to pass" is the same.
So I bought a package of the sweets to give to the boys I met in my neighborhood who have spent the past year studying around-the- clock to take the test for a second time, because they did not get into the nation's most selective schools the first time around. "Hope it sticks," I told them.
|Good luck taffy in the middle and soft rice cakes on the sides.|
The package reads: "Paris Baguette wishes you good luck
on your examination!"