Health benefits of Miyeok Guk 미역국

30 Oct

Miyeok Guk 미역국 is a soup made with dried brown seaweed (Miyeok). In Korean culture it’s traditionally associated with birth. It helps to clean blood vessels and to produce milk, contains abundant iodine to reduce the swollen body and calcium to help build strong bones, that’s why women who delivered a child eat this soup for weeks to recover. Due to its symbolic association with birth, Miyeok Guk is also consumed on birthdays as a reminder of the first food that the mother has eaten and passed on to her newborn through her milk. It’s very easy to make and you can have it ready in less than 30 minutes.

1 package of dried seaweed,
100 g of beef,
2 teaspoons of sesame oil,
1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce,
1 teaspoon of salt,
6 cups of water,
1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

Soak the seaweed on cold water for 5 minutes. When it gets soft, rinse the seaweed a couple of times in running water, drain and cut into bite sizes.

Heat a pan, add beef, sesame oil, 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce and a pinch of salt. Cook it for 1 minutes. Stir in seaweed and the rest of soy sauce. Cook for another 1 minute.

Pour in 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add garlic and remaining 4 cups of water. Lower the heat and boil for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


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