미역국 (Seaweed Soup)
Traditionally known as “Birthday Soup” in Korea, 미역국's blood-cleansing properties is also thought to be beneficial for new mothers. Seaweed soup is a must on birthdays, but it's also a healthy and delicious meal any time of the year.
- 15g cut and dried seaweed (미역)
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil (참기름)
- 3 cloves garlic, mashed
- 1 tablespoon seasoned soy sauce (국간장)
- 80g beef brisket (양지머리), cut into strips
- 1 teaspoon garlic, grated
- 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil (참기름)
- 1 teaspoon seasoned soy sauce (국간장)
- 3 cups water
- Sea salt to taste
- Soak dried seaweed in a medium bowl in water for about 30 minutes, then wash the seaweed several times.
- Squeeze out any excess water, then add the marinade (sesame seed oil, garlic and seasoned soy sauce). Let sit about 30 minutes.
- While the seaweed is marinating, in a separate bowl, marinate beef with sesame seed oil, garlic and seasoned soy sauce.
- Heat a medium soup pot, then add marinated beef mixture. Brown all sides, about 3 minutes.
- Making sure the pot is still hot, stir in seaweed mixture for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Add water and cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about one hour. Taste and see if more salt is needed. Serve with rice and other side dishes.
Notes & Tips
Make sure not to use too much seaweed! In dried form, the seaweed doesn't look like much, but as it soaks up water, it can expand to 7 times its original size.