Hi all! Do you know that eating seaweed soup has a special meaning in Korea? We will introduce Korean culture as it relates to seaweed soup. Along the way, let’s learn a few Korean sentences as well. Have a fun!

미역국 (seaweed soup)

미역 (seaweed) + 국 (soup)

1. For women who have just given birth

  • 미역국 is a Korean soup made from the seaweed. It is typically consumed by women after giving birth as it contains a high level of calcium, important for nursing mothers.

2. For birthdays

  • Koreans almost always eat 미역국 on the morning of their birthday. Interestingly, Koreans ask “Did you have seaweed soup?” for the birthday greeting on someone’s birthday.
  • Polite form : 미역국 드셨어요?
  • 드시다 = (polite) to eat
  • Casual form : 미역국 먹었어요?
  • 먹다 = to eat

3. For the day of an exam

  • Koreans would not eat this soup on the day of an exam because seaweed is slippery and gives the idea of failing. Thus Koreans say “I had seaweed soup!” when they fail an exam.

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