She Cooks!  Ddukgook – Korean Rice Cake Soup


It finally got really cold, as in snowing cold, and I get certain cravings whenever the temperature gets that low. I could eat this all the time, but I really want it when it’s cold. Ddukgook is traditionally something that’s eaten on new years day. Why? There’s probably some real historical and cultural reason, but I say it’s because it’s friggin tasty, that’s why. Do you need a better reason than that?

So don’t freak out folks, but I decided to actually make this. Yes, I made it myself in my very own kitchen, with my very own hands. Crazy, I know. It helps because it’s quite easy. There can be some variations on the recipe for this, but the concept is quite sound and similar among all recipes. So here’s mine.

Ddukgook – Korean Rice Cake Soup

Ingredients (for 2 big ass servings):
Dduk – sliced rice cake
Beef – however much and whatever cut you like (stew meat, steak, whatever)
Water (or theoretically, broth)
Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped
Green onion – sliced
Eggs – 3-4?
Sesame oil
Fish sauce – 2 tbsp
Nori – 1 sheet


1. Take 3-4 cups of the dduk and soak it in water
2. Take 2 egg yolks and 1 egg white, mix with a fork, add some salt, and cook it in a pan so that it’s a thin sheet (like a giant extremely thin egg pancake). Once cooked on both sides, slice it into skinny strips as a garnish
3. Cut up the beef into small bite sized strips/pieces and cook it up in a pot with some sesame oil until browned on the outside
4. Add 8 cups of water to the pot (or chicken broth, or a combination), lower heat, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes
5. Add the dduk, garlic, and fish sauce to the pot, increase the heat a bit, and let this all cook up until the dduk are all floating to the top
6. Add the green onion
7. Take the rest of the eggs, mix it up with a fork, add a pinch of salt, and slowly pour the egg mixture into the pot. After waiting for about 5 seconds, stir the mixture slowly until the egg is cooked
8. Add a little more sesame oil if you want, add some black pepper
9. Take the nori sheet and grill it over a burner until it’s crunchy and then crush it up into bits
10. Ladle the ddukgook into a bowl and garnish with egg strips and nori flakes
11. Shovel into mouth and chew

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2 Responses to

She Cooks!  Ddukgook – Korean Rice Cake Soup
  1. this looks great – and not too difficult even for me!

    • foodzings says:

      i’ve made it at least a half a dozen times since… and it’s still good every time. i’ve been making it lately with rice cakes made from brown rice, and it’s even better! good luck!

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