July 31, 2014

sujebi - hand torn noodle soup. just like how mama used to make.

this is one of my favorite comfort foods.

sujebi, which literally is hand torn noodle soup. i like the non-spicy version and it's so easy to make. on days when i need something warm in my tummy or on nights when there is nothing to cook, i turn to this recipe. it uses ingredients that i always have on hand - flour, salt, vegetable oil {i use sunflower seed oil}, dried anchovies, green onions, potatoes, onions, garlic cloves, fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and water. you're also supposed to use kelp as well to make the soup base along with the dried anchovies but i usually go without it. i think that makes my soup base blander but i make up for it by adding a bit more soy sauce and fish sauce. i also like to add zucchini to the mix. adds more texture and color. serve it with kimchi and i'm all set. 

cooking korean food revives a lot of childhood memories for me and i end up missing my mother dearly. she was looking forward to seeing me and yangkyu this fall. when we told her we weren't going to make it this year, she sounded disappointed but happy for us that we bought our new home. i felt so bad because a couple of months ago she told yangkyu, in her excited voice over the phone, how she bought a big rice cooker so that she can make lots of meals for us. 

there is a saying in korea that food always tastes better because it has the taste of your mother's hands. perhaps that's why all dishes, even though it goes by similar recipes, all taste a little different. 

what are some of your favorite comfort foods? 

get the sujebi recipe here

30 comments

  1. this looks so interesting! I've never had this before. Also, love that saying, I think it's very true :) There's just some special magic when it's your mama's food!

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    1. i like that saying a lot too :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this, Jane:) You are a rock star for posting about these personal stories.
    My fave comfort food has always been this Filipino dish called "sinigang". My dad (who passed away) always used to make it for me when I was pregnant. It always reminds me of him:)

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    1. i think it's wonderful that you have a dish to remember him by. i have to look up sinigang. i would love to try it!

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  3. This looks so good! I love comfort foods. From handmade udon, stews, mchuzi, kimono - it's food with soul!

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    1. oh handmade udon sounds delicious. i saw on a tv program of a udon place in osaka (i think?) that made the noodles super long and that if you ate it in one bite then it will give you long life? i hope i got this right! but oh it looked so good!

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  4. Looks good :]
    I tried to make noodle soup from "Ponyo", but I guess it worked out okay, but I didn't really like it very much :p
    I personally feel that you can't get the real Asian taste here in the Netherlands because it is always changed to our tastebuds and not all the stuff is available etc. :[

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    1. i understand the concept of changing the taste a bit to fit the tastebuds of the people but i hope you'll get to visit an asian country of your choice and get to eat the foods there!

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  5. Sounds good. Anything with noodles in it is yummy.

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  6. This looks delicious! Could you come over and cook for me, please! ;)

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  7. I've never tried sujebi, but it looks mighty tasty! Growing up, my mom was initially the chef in our family. But somewhere down the line, my parents switched roles when my dad fell ill and had to stay home, and now he is chef in our family. I enjoy both of their cooking and they both have their own specialty dishes that remind me of them. I enjoy making gyoza, or dumplings, because it reminds me of my father's dish :)

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    1. the same with our family. my pops became the main chef in the family after my mom fell ill. i hope your dad is ok. xx and gyoza sounds delicious. that's the second thing i love next to noodles!

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  8. this particular post touched my heart. Aside from the fact that I'm a food person, the relation to foods made by any mother is heartwarming. I recall so many dishes made by my mom that I would kill to eat now. I always said to her that I wanted her to write her recipes (since she always made all foods by memory/heart) but...that was sadly never done. It's true what you say. Foods made by people we love have a different taste despite how similar a lot of foods are prepared/made.
    I'm sorry to hear you won't be able to visit your mother this year but understandably so. At least you check in with her often. =)
    xo,
    nancy

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    1. i love that you remember your mother through the food she made. it's one of the most special things that moms do for their children... cook.. and it's one of the most special things that children do for their moms.. remember them by the dishes they prepared for them. xx

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  9. Do you think it would work with Japanese style dashi? I have a bunch of packets of instant dashi at home and this seems like a good way to cheat the broth...

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    1. i actually have some dashi left over as well! i never thought to use it but i totally think it would work! i should try too next time!

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  10. Food always taste better because of your mothers hands, I agree with
    that one. I'm sorry to hear that your mum got a tiny bits disappointing,
    but don't worry, you guys can go next time when your house is all
    finished c: Xx

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    1. aww thanks so much :) i hope that when we finally make it out to korea that it'll feel extra special

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  11. that's so sweet and now I definitely want to make sujebi :) Sorry your visit has been put off but nice to be able to do sweet things like this to feel closeness!

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    1. i agree. nothing sweeter than food to remember your mom by :)

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  12. Mmmm...that looks so good! Seeing this korean food has be all excited for my trip in a few weeks. I can't wait to munch down on some samgypsal and korean bbq!

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  13. that looks and sounds so delicious. home cooking by your mum is such a precious thing - i understand how it brings back so many memories, and that it "tastes" like the loved one who made it. it's very special. x

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  14. It looks so good. I know it was a hard decision to make. I love my mothers gumbo. It tastes so good.

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  15. Very wise saying, mothers and grandmas food always will taste the best :) I'm sorry for your trip being postponed, it must be difficult for you all. I wish the time will fly with all the house renovations and sujebi and you'll be planning again in short.

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  16. I've never heard of this before but I'm really intrigued! It looks really really good and looks like amazing comfort food heheh.

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  17. I'd love to make this - know if there's a vegetarian version?

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