This is the recipe of Korean-style seaweed soup. It's a traditional birthday dish in Korea. Also, every women who gives a birth eats this soup because it is believed that seaweed soup helps with breast feeding.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak seaweed in water to cover. When soft, drain, and cut into 2 inch pieces.

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  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat; add beef, sesame oil, 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, and a little salt, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in seaweed and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Pour in 2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic and remaining 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

Nutrition Facts

64.8 calories; 6.8 g protein; 1 g carbohydrates; 17.3 mg cholesterol; 939.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2006
A note to "ivyguppy." The recipe calls for real dried seaweed. Seaweed is perishable and can easily become “slimy,” which is why it is often sold dried. You soak it not only to reconstitute it, but also to rinse off some of the salt. I recommend soaking and rinsing it twice. “Nori” seaweed is bits of seaweed that is pressed together to make the “sushi” sheets. That is why when you used it, it immediately fell apart like tissue paper. For my taste, I like to add a little more meat and sometimes I like to add tofu. Don’t be tempted to “spice it up.” Not everything Korean is meant to be spicy. I am 1/2 Korean and when I gave birth to my twins, my Mom made me a huge pot. I didn't know it was tradition to make/eat seaweed soup for new Moms. Although I had had the soup a million times before, after giving birth...the soup had never tasted better. I can’t explain it, but it was like chicken noodle soup for soul. It has remained a favorite comfort food. I asked my Mom why it was good for me , and she said…in her Korean accent…”It just is.” Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2017
No doubt I will make it again. The recipe is a good starting place but I think its a little heavy on the wakame and much too light on the meat. The liquid though tastes right on! I loved it. So this recipe deserves a higher mark which it can get with a few adjustments. I dont think the recipe stated how many it served but my estimate is 3 to 4.. for 4 you probably want to add another 1 or 1.5 cups of water. For those that try to eat it with a spoon rather than chopsticks I would suggest cutting the seaweed into smaller pieces. I am told normally Koreans cut it in about 2 inch lengths which is good for chopsticks but too big for spoons. Overall I enjoyed it. Read More
60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2006
A note to "ivyguppy." The recipe calls for real dried seaweed. Seaweed is perishable and can easily become “slimy,” which is why it is often sold dried. You soak it not only to reconstitute it, but also to rinse off some of the salt. I recommend soaking and rinsing it twice. “Nori” seaweed is bits of seaweed that is pressed together to make the “sushi” sheets. That is why when you used it, it immediately fell apart like tissue paper. For my taste, I like to add a little more meat and sometimes I like to add tofu. Don’t be tempted to “spice it up.” Not everything Korean is meant to be spicy. I am 1/2 Korean and when I gave birth to my twins, my Mom made me a huge pot. I didn't know it was tradition to make/eat seaweed soup for new Moms. Although I had had the soup a million times before, after giving birth...the soup had never tasted better. I can’t explain it, but it was like chicken noodle soup for soul. It has remained a favorite comfort food. I asked my Mom why it was good for me , and she said…in her Korean accent…”It just is.” Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2006
A note to "ivyguppy." The recipe calls for real dried seaweed. Seaweed is perishable and can easily become “slimy,” which is why it is often sold dried. You soak it not only to reconstitute it, but also to rinse off some of the salt. I recommend soaking and rinsing it twice. “Nori” seaweed is bits of seaweed that is pressed together to make the “sushi” sheets. That is why when you used it, it immediately fell apart like tissue paper. For my taste, I like to add a little more meat and sometimes I like to add tofu. Don’t be tempted to “spice it up.” Not everything Korean is meant to be spicy. I am 1/2 Korean and when I gave birth to my twins, my Mom made me a huge pot. I didn't know it was tradition to make/eat seaweed soup for new Moms. Although I had had the soup a million times before, after giving birth...the soup had never tasted better. I can’t explain it, but it was like chicken noodle soup for soul. It has remained a favorite comfort food. I asked my Mom why it was good for me , and she said…in her Korean accent…”It just is.” Read More
(138)
Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2007
A note about seaweed: A fair amount of times I use wakame. It is easy since it is small pieces. However the traditional way is to use "Dried Seaweed". It is dried seaweed in whole strips; it isn't easy to cut up and it leaves flakes to clean. I'd cut up the portion you want to use and put it in water. After you transfer it to pot you can cut it up with a scissor. Some variations: Add chopped/minced clams. Use some beef or chicken broth replacement for some water. (I usually do about 1/2 and 1/2 but I think some recipes use very small portions of the broth.) Add tofu. As another noted use bone marrow to boil in water instead of plain water. Use thin wedges of onion also. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2006
This is a great quick recipe for the city kats but the healthiest and usually only made by the country kats because of prep time is made with stock that has been boiled with marrow for over a day instead of just plain old water...great for those with illness or cancer... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2006
I am 1/2 Korean 1000 miles away from my mother's cooking and craving seaweed soup! Made this recipe exactly as suggested and it was perfect. Thank you for sharing this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2011
Mmmm...excellent! a nice bowl of hot seaweed soup! When I make this I usually make a large pot because it goes so fast. I soak the seaweed in water first until it gets soft, rinse, then I use a kitchen scissors to cut up the seaweed in pieces. I buy my seaweed in a bag from a local korean supermarket. Most times I pick up a pkg of beef soup bones (shank) and/or use bits of cut of beef. If you don't have any beef on hand you can always add beef soup stock. IN a pot with beef I add 1 garlic clove, minced, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1T lite soy sauce, to taste, cook for one minute, stirring. Then I add in all the seaweed, 6 cups or more of water and I let it simmer for 20 minutes. I do not add 1 tsp of table salt (too much salt) just a tiny pinch of rock salt. This soup has great flavor and is full of iron! Other people add in cut up tofu, dried korean fish (anchovies) for stock flavor, korean chili pepper, seafood,etc. It depends on your tastes. For a traditional korean style seaweed soup, you cannot go wrong with this recipe.. this is very tasty,healthy, comforting and a definite keeper in my recipe box. Tonight I just served this with, "Korean BBQ Short Ribs," and "Kongnamool," (korean veggies), from this website and hot rice. ONOlicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2009
Needs a bit of chicken broth (perhaps one cup instead). Remember wash the seaweed thoroughly and soak it in water for at least an hour and rinse it again. Not sure which seaweed to buy? If in a korean grocery you can ask which seaweed is best for Miyuk Gook (the name for seaweed soup). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2006
So delicious. I've had this soup with the sirloin substituted with clam and made it really really good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
this is a great recipe.... Korean food recipes differ through each family.... Like in mine instead of soy sauce we would use some da shi da....its the same as using some beef bouillon cubes... I love this soup when I feel a cold coming on I will make this and feel better the next day... Very good recipe! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2010
For a more full-bodied stock use a piece of well cleaned kombu 2-3 DRIED (must be dried!) shiitake mushrooms half a onion 7-8 dried Korean anchovies. You have to get these ingredients at a Korean or Japanese market. But this is the way my mother made the stock. And it is much more flavorful than this recipe. No chicken/beef broth needed! Much more healthier too. There is also 'dashi powder' which is very popular now. It's the stock above in powder form. Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2017
No doubt I will make it again. The recipe is a good starting place but I think its a little heavy on the wakame and much too light on the meat. The liquid though tastes right on! I loved it. So this recipe deserves a higher mark which it can get with a few adjustments. I dont think the recipe stated how many it served but my estimate is 3 to 4.. for 4 you probably want to add another 1 or 1.5 cups of water. For those that try to eat it with a spoon rather than chopsticks I would suggest cutting the seaweed into smaller pieces. I am told normally Koreans cut it in about 2 inch lengths which is good for chopsticks but too big for spoons. Overall I enjoyed it. Read More