Korean Seaweed Soup Recipe (Miyeok-guk / 미역국)

Korean Seaweed Soup (Miyeok-guk / 미역국) is a tasty beef & seaweed broth that is good as a simple meal, but also is used for health reasons. The soup is primarily known as a postpartum (after childbirth) food in Korea because it is very soothing for your stomach. Actually, I had an upset stomach recently and this is what led to me cooking this. Because of this soup’s association with childbirth, it’s also a Korean tradition to eat miyeok guk on birthdays.
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Korean Seaweed Soup (Miyeok-guk / 미역국)
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Boiling pot of Miyeok-guk
Ingredients:
  • Korean dried seaweed (Ottogi Seaweed) 50g package.
  • Chuck steak, 300g, diced (if you are fortunate enough to have a Korean butcher, explain to them “it’s for seawood soup”, they’ll get the right one and cut/prep it for you!.
  • Sesame Oil, ½ Tbs.
  • Garlic Minced, 1 Tbs.
  • Korean Soy Sauce for soup (Guk Gan Jang), 3 Tbs?
  • Korean “Magic Sauce”** (Yeon Du), 1 Tbs. **This is the name I’ve given this particular ingredient, it’s an vegetable extract/stock that acts as an alternative to salt.
Method:
  1. Take 25g (approximately half the 50g pack) of dried seaweed, place into a large bowl, soak in cold water for 10 minutes. You can set a timer on your phone to help you remember when you started.
  2. Fill your kettle and boil a large amount of water (this will be useful later).
  3. Whilst the seaweed is soaking, cut your meat into chunks (if not already done), and also prepare garlic mince, set both aside in separately.
  4. In a large pot (2-4L capacity), put 1Tbs sesame oil on medium heat.
  5. Add the meat and brown over the medium heat, stirring constantly, browning for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Drain the seaweed by carefully pouring out water and retaining seaweed in bowl. The trick here will be to use your hands to squeeze the excess water out of the seaweed, whilst letting the water drain (best done at the sink).
  7. Once the meat is browned, and is still mostly rare, add in your strained seaweed and garlic. Stir for 1 minute on heat. This is essentially stir frying all the ingredients a bit.
  8. Add in a splash of the boiling water from the kettle. You are just wanting enough to semi-submerge the steak (not a lot, a few cups at most).
  9. Stir over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  10. Add boiling water until all contents are submerged.
  11. Use scissors (and tongs) to cut the seaweed up into smaller pieces – whilst it’s on a medium heat.
  12. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. The longer you let it simmer, the better the taste.
  13. At this point, have a quick look at the surface of the soup. Sometimes the beef releases some “muck” that you want to skim off and dispose of. This is just a remnant of the cooking process.
  14. Add in 2-3 Tbs of the Soup Soy sauce, and stir in.
  15. Add in 1 Tbs of “korean magic sauce”, stir.
  16. At this point you’ll want to have a quick taste (be careful as it’ll be boiling hot). If it tastes like it needs more seasoning, add 1 Tbs of Soy and Magic Sauce, stir and taste again. Repeat until you are happy (note, it really shouldn’t be more than 3 Tbs of each).
  17. Let simmer for another 10 minutes.
  18. Serve with Brown rice and Banchan.

Photos of Ingredients (to help you at the Korean grocer);

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All the Korean ingredients (minus the meat).
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Ottogi Seaweed (50g pack)
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Korean “Magic Sauce”.
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Light Soy (Soup Soy) Sauce

 

Hope you enjoy it!

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Korean Cold Noodle Recipe (Naengmyeon / 냉면)

Since today is Lunar New Year / Korean new year (Seollal;설날) I have decided to post the recipe for Korean Cold Noodle Recipe (Naengmyeon / 냉면) that my wife made last night.

Naengmyeon is a very refreshing cold noodle dish that is perfect for a hot summer meal. It’s really great, and perfect after some Korean BBQ.

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Naengmyeon / 냉면

Ingredients (1 serve);

  • 1 Pack of Korean Cold Noodle Stock (I’ve taken a photo of the packet we used, see below).
  • Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)
  • Cucumber
  • Buckwheat Soba Noodles, 130g

Method:

  1. Take frozen Korean Cold Noodle Packet and thaw 80% (you want to still have frozen/ice parts). Tip: you can microwave one of the sauce packs for 1:30* to thaw slightly (*note different microwaves will take different amounts of time).
  2. Chop up cucumber/radish.
  3. Boil a large pot of water and boil/cook noodles for approx 1-2 minutes. Keep an eye on the noodles as they cook very quickly. Constantly check them. Around the 2 minute mark turn off the heat and test the noodles to make sure they are ‘just cooked’.
  4. Immediately strain and run under cold water.
  5. Combine all in a bowl by placing noodles, sauce/stock, and other ingredients on top (like the main photo).
  6. Enjoy! (tip: adding different types of kimchi enhances the dish!)

Photos of Ingredients (to help you at the Korean grocer);

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Korean Cold Noodle stock packet

 

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Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)
Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)

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Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)
Korean pickled radish (Ssam-Mu, 쌈무)

 

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How to wish someone Happy New Year in Korean!

새해 복 많이 받으세요! (sae hae bok man i bad eu se yo)
Happy Lunar/Korean New Year!!

Learnt from the awesome people at “Talk to me in Korean”;

 

Trivia: Naengmyeon (Korean Cold Noodle) comes from North Korea!

I didn’t realise this, but the dish actually originates from the capital of North Korea (Pyongyang) but was spread throughout Korea during the war. Wikipedia is always good for interesting facts!