Soups are essential part of the Korean dinner table. In fact, you will see soups at any meal of the day. Korean soups are quite easy to make, and most of them take very little time to cook. Here is one recipe I would like to share with you. It is called Beef and Radish Soup (sogogi moo-gook, 소고기 무국). 

Korean radishes are mellow and almost sweet, and they are often added in the soups and stews. I highly recommend using Korean radish, but you can substitute daikon radish if you can't find them.

Most Korean soups starts with a soup stock. Simmer water and a large piece of dried sea kelp for 5 minutes. Discard the sea kelp.

Slice beef very thinly against grain. You can use any cut of beef. I used Sirloin.

Season with Korean soy sauce for soup and toss well.

Bring the sea kelp stock to a gentle boil and add the beef.

When the soup is starting to boil, you will see the scum floating on top. Try to remove the scum as much as you can with a spoon.

Meanwhile, peel the radish...

and slice the radish into very thin bite size pieces.

Add to the soup and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes over medium heat or until the radishes are tender and soft.

Add some minced garlic and season the soup with salt and pepper. You can add a drop of sesame oil at the end if you wish. I, personally, prefer not to use sesame oil in this soup.

Sprinkle some chopped green onion and the soup is ready to serve. Very simple and fast, right?

Taste the soup and you will love the mellow flavor of radish and the tender beef. Serve this soup with some rice and kimchi on the side. 


This is a kind of soup that a Korean mother or grandmother would cook for family dinner. And, of course, if a Kroean mother or grandmother cooks, there would be a gazillion different kinds of side dishes to follow along, too. But for me, this simple soup with a bowl of rice and kimchi is just perfect for the moment. 

Hope you enjoy!

~ Holly

Korean Beef and Radish Soup (sogogi moo-gook)

serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large piece of dried sea kelp
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced 
  • 10 oz (300 g) Korean radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Korean soy sauce for soup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a drop of sesame oil, optional

Directions:

  1. Simmer dried sea kelp with water for 5 minutes. Discard the sea kelp.
  2. Season the beef with Korean soy sauce for soup and toss well. Add the beef to the stock and cook over medium heat. When the soup begins to boil, you will see the scum floating on top. Remove the scum as much as you can with a spoon.
  3. Add the radish slices and continue to cook and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the radishes are tender and soft.
  4. Add the garlic toward the end of cooking and season the soup with salt and pepper. Sprinkle chopped green onion at last. 
  5. Serve hot with rice and kimchi, along with other Korean dishes.

Here are more delicious Korean soups. Click the images to get the recipes!

Beef Seaweed Soup Beef and Brean Sprout Soup Corn Dumpling Soup with Shrimps


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