In the beginning I was a little bit unsure because I've never made it before. But I really want to try and I know that it'll definitely make her happy. So firstly I googled a recipe and this is where I found my recipe: Brown Seaweed Soup (thank you so much Sue!). Then I dig into my fridge to see if I have everything I need and... TADAA! I do! So here is the recipe and how I made it.
Ingredients (enough for 3-4 servings, ready in 15 – 20 minutes)
- 35g dried brown seaweed (Miyeok)
- 70g sliced beef shank
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tbsp soy sauce (I used Kikoman brand)
- 1 tbsp Korean sesame oil
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 tbsp sesame oil and 3 sprinkles ground black pepper – to season the meat
So firstly I soaked the seaweed in cold water for about 5 minutes. Then once it opened up and loosened I cut them into smaller pieces with scissors.
While waiting for the seaweed to be ready, I cut the meat into smaller pieces and seasoned it with sesame oil, ground pepper and Mirin. After both the seaweed and the beef are ready, I heat up my saucepan for 30 seconds then add a table spoon of sesame oil, the seaweed and the meat, then stir it for 2-3 minutes.
After stirring for 2-3 minutes I added water. (Basically I just made sure that everything in the saucepan is covered with water.) Then you start with boiling it with medium heat until the meat cooks.
Then I add soy sauce, garlic, salt, more Mirin and more sesame oil. In this part I think you just have to adjust it according to your taste.
You can replace the meat with clams, I think for clams you just have to boil them until it opens and you can actually use the water that you use to boil the clams as the soup base (which will make it taste even better!).
I hope this post will give you an idea how to make Miyeok Guk. I think this soup is pretty easy to make, so I believe that you can make it yourself at home and make someone (most likely a Korean I suppose) feel cherished on their birthday.
Please let me know what y'all think! Enjoy :)
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