June 23, 2014

miyeokguk (seaweed soup).

in many korean and korean american households you eat a bowl of miyeokguk {seaweed soup} on your birthday. 

this is something that women who just gave birth eat as well because it's healthy and seaweed has crucial vitamins and is rich with calcium. the tradition of eating a bowl of seaweed is then passed on to the child and every birthday the child will have. 

i didn't have the ingredients needed to make this for yangkyu on his birthday on friday but i made him a bowl last night. i only knew how to make this a couple of years ago. before then cooking and the kitchen intimidated me. i didn't even know how to follow the simplest of recipes. now when i am able to make something and it tastes remotely in the same ballpark as the ones my mama used to make i think to myself, "i'm all grown up." 

recipe here
benefits of seaweed here

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    1. it is! i love the taste of it. so comforting :)

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  2. I love seaweed, it tastes so good in the soup. My husband just won't try it.

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    1. i love them too - i love them in soup, dried and just raw as well.

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  3. Thanks for sharing that recipe, Jane. I've never had seaweed soup with beef brisket, I think....Anyhoo, the kiddos and I love snacking on the seasoned seaweed ones:D

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    1. i love snacking on the seasoned ones too! so yum :)

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  4. i went through a seaweed soup phase two summers ago (just around my birthday too!). Cooking still overwhelms me though. Hopefully that changes soon ;)

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    1. i love cooking now but it still overwhelms me! :)

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  5. I've only tried seaweed soup once and I thought it was so tasty! Good for you for mastering how to make it. I should learn how to make it. My husband and I both love seaweed.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. i love seaweed too in all of its different forms :)

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  6. Seaweed in general is extremely healthy for you c:
    I'd love to try out this Korean seaweed soup! Xx

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  7. It sounds delicious and nutritious Jane! It really makes sense. I felt the same way about cooking.

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  8. Yeah, maybe in the future i'll be cooking deonjang jjigae that tastes like my mom's and feel proud, your seaweed soup looks delicious!

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    1. me too! deonjang jjigae is kinda tough to make for me but i hope to master it! :)

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  9. I would really like to try this! I have seen it before but now I am convinced that I need to give it a go...especially with all of the health benefits! How beautiful is this tradition! Wishing you an outstanding Tuesday friend! Nicole xo

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    1. i love foods that have these wonderful stories!

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  10. Aww, that's really sweet. In the Chinese culture, you eat a bowl of noodles on your birthday (symbolic for having a long life)

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    1. i read somewhere that seaweed also has a similar symbolism - it's long which is symbolic having a long life!

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  11. Oh yum! I remember when I visited Korea years ago I had seaweed soup as a side dish with every meal. Love it!

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  12. Isn't it awesome how time changes you and now you can totally do things you weren't able to do before? This looks so yummy!

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  13. some days I wonder if I'll ever cook like my mom! ;) my family's equivalent of this seaweed soup is a piping hot bowl of vermicelli.Once, I made it for myself when I was sick in NYC, and I cried after eating the first mouthful because it tasted just like my mom's, and it made me miss her so much.

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    1. awww i get those moments a lot! i miss my mom through the foods i cook!

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  14. Yum! When we eat miso soup at restaurants my girls are always so excited when there are pieces of seaweed in it. We also love to eat roasted seaweed with sea salt as a snack. :)

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    1. yes! i love roasted seaweed too! so good!

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  15. oh lovely, I've started having a bowl of miso with my meals lately (just the instant store bought stuff) but the floating bits of seaweed are my favourite, may have a go at this recipe myself, looks delicious and I love the story behind too :)

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