Fish cake soup. This light, savory soup is briny, spicy, and salty in a way that pairs wonderfully with an ice-cold bottle of soju. The unique spongy texture and deeply satisfying flavor of the fish cakes is a winning combination.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups fish cakes, cut into uniform shapes for threading onto skewers

  • 8 bamboo skewers, or as needed

  • 4 cups anchovy stock

  • 1 cup daikon radish cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 scallions, sliced

  • 1 Korean red chile pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 small bunch Swiss chard leaves, sliced


  1. Thread fish cakes onto bamboo skewers.

  2. Combine fish cake skewers, anchovy stock, radish, garlic, and soy sauce in a small pot and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors come together, about 10 minutes.

  3. Garnish soup with scallions, chile pepper, and chard leaves, which will wilt into the soup. Serve immediately.

Editor's Note:

This dish is traditionally made with fresh chrysanthemum leaves instead of chard. Sometimes called crown daisy, chrysanthemum leaves may be found at Asian markets in the spring to autumn seasons.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
2g Fat
13g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 1271mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 38mg 190%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 541mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.