KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP
WELCOME BACK TO SEOUL SECRETS! The second in a series of all the health, beauty and lifestyle treasures from the city that’s sweeping the nation. SEOUL! Bone broth is all the rage these days — however my go-to miracle soup has always been Miyeokguk – Korean Seaweed soup.
It’s super easy to to make — and it’s nutritious and delicious (and brings good fortune) to boot! Miyeokguk – Korean Seaweed Soup is a big part of the Korean cultural tradition. Women have been known to eat vats of this during pregnancy — as well as immediately after giving birth as it stimulates breast milk production and overall health. Korean students, too, are known to eat this up as it boosts brain power and kicks those scores up a notch!
You devour it on the morning of your birthday since it’s the food your mom ate on the day you were born. (To this day, my mom still makes it for me (and my babies) every birthday morning!) It’s a reminder to be grateful of the care given to you by your mother. (Lots of guilt in the Korean culture too!)
Seaweed is rich in iodine and calcium and delivers its promises – so it’s no wonder that Koreans are drinking the Kool Aid. My two girls love it and always ask my mom to make the Korean Seaweed Soup no matter the day or time.
This is how my mom and sister make it – ish. (They don’t measure anything — so they’re guesstimations.)
INGREDIENTS FOR KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP
1 cup of dried brown seaweed (which can be purchased at any Korean store)
1 lb. organic chicken with bone (you can go without if you want a vegan version)
1-2 T of gook gan jang (which is Korean soy sauce with a strong, fermented salty flavor and comes from bean paste) (you can use tamari sauce if you want a gluten free version)
6-7 cups of water
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or more per your preference)
DIRECTIONS FOR KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP
Clean the seaweed and soak in water until soft.
Bring the chicken to boil. Boil it long enough to make a tasty broth.
Add garlic while boiling chicken.
When the chicken is done, peel the meat off the bone, shred it — and put it into a bowl.
CHAP SOO SAY YO! (ENJOY!)