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Korean Tteokguk (Rice Cake Soup)

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"This is a traditional dish enjoyed by many--if not all--Koreans during the New Year's and Lunar New Year holidays. Although there wasn't a lot of time for cooking or eating, I got to experience a semi-instant tteokguk for New Year's Day thanks to a good friend of mine. Garnish with green onions; add mandu (dumplings) or thin slices of beef if you like. Serve hot, as rice cakes will get soggy over time."
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46 m servings 553
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Beat egg yolks in a small bowl and pour into the skillet. Tilt skillet so eggs yolks spread in a thin and even sheet. Cook until set, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into thin strips. Repeat with egg whites.
  2. Place nori in another skillet over medium heat; toast until bright green and crispy, about 30 seconds per side. Cut into thin strips.
  3. Rinse rice cakes in cold water; drain.
  4. Pour beef stock into a large pot; bring to a boil. Add rice cakes and garlic. Simmer until rice cake slices are tender, about 5 minutes. Add green onions; continue cooking until rice cakes start floating to the top, 3 to 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Garnish with egg and nori strips.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Cylinder-shaped glutinous rice cakes (garaetteok or garae-tteok) are available in Korean markets. If you're using frozen rice cakes, soak in water for 10 minutes before proceeding.
  • This soup is not only for special occasions, but can be deliciously enjoyed all year round for large groups and festive events.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 553 calories; 6.2 111.5 9.4 62 567 Full nutrition

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