Quick and Easy Rice Cake Soup

Happy New Year everyone!

I know 2016 wasn’t the best year for everyone, but not to worry – 2017 is here to save us.

It’s a Korean tradition to have rice cake soup (tteokguk, 떡국, in Korean) on New Years day, to celebrate getting one year older, and because it symbolizes health, luck, and happiness for the upcoming year.

SO, today, I’m going to share with you my quick and easy tteokguk recipe!  Keep in mind, this isn’t the most fancy recipe at all – it’s actually quite simple – but it still tastes delicious!

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Ingredients

  • Sliced coin-shaped rice cake (tteok)
  • Mince beef
  • Eggs
  • Mandu (dumplings)
  • 1/2 green onion
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  • Cook the beef (with a little seasoning) in a large pot
  • Add around 7~8 cups of water and let boil
  • In the meantime, wash ~3 handfuls of rice cake slices (optional: let soak in water for 5 to 10 minutes)
  • When the water is boiling, add the rice cake
  • Add 8 dumplings, or as many or little as you’d like
  • let boil until the rice cake is soft
  • Crack in 2 eggs and stir
  • Chop the green onion and add it in the pot
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and let boil for a minute or so
  • The tteokguk is ready to serve!
    • To make it look pretty, you can mix 2 eggs in a bowl and thinly spread it onto a pan and let it cook for a minute on both sides, then take it off heat and cut it in thin stripes, and also cut some seaweed in thin stripes and put it on top of a bowl of the soup.  Finish with some sesame seeds!

As I said, it is so easy to make, takes 30 minutes max, and still tastes amazing!

Let me know how it went, and let me know if you have any questions!

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