Dinner with Friends and Korean Good Luck Soup- Dduk Guk
It is no secret that I love cooking and I love people. So it is a natural extension that I love to do both. Tonight we went to our friends house Dana and Kevin for a nice evening out. The kids played and we ate… and ate and ate. Kevin had been hankering for some Korean food and since I had the week off it was the perfect week to be able to make a very special soup for them.
My family ate Dduk Guk every New Years Day for as long as I can remember. It is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Folk lore states that you are a whole year older every time you eat it on New Year’s Day.
How can you make it…
– 1 bag Dduk ( Korean Rice Patties)
– 1 lb Ground Beef
– 1 1/2 cups of water
– 1/2 cup of soy sauce
– 4 cloves of garlic
– Dry Roasted Seaweed/Lavi/Nori Paper
– Fried Egg cut into long strips
– Scallions finely sliced
1) In a decent size pan add the ground beef and break it up into fine bits with your spatula.
2) Add water, soy sauce and garlic. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat to simmer for approximately 20 minutes ( It is like a good tomato sauce the longer it simmers the deeper the flavor)
3) Place in a container and put it in a cold place to render then fat out of the soup base (that is what you just made)
4) Chill soup base for a period of time over night is optimal but I rarely ever do that
5) Skim fat off the rendered soup base
6) Boil a large pot of water and add fresh dduk. You are technically just reheating it so watch them as soon as they float they are done. If it is fresh dduk it usually only takes like 3 minutes frozen 5-7 minutes
7) Ladle the dduk into bowl with the water from the pot included
8) Spoon heated beef soup base into the bowl until desired taste is achieved. Approximately 2-3 tablespoons for me. The more you add again the deeper the flavor.
9) Place fried egg strips, crushed roasted seaweed, finely chopped scallions on top and a bit of freshly ground pepper
10) Serve and enjoy. The more you eat the more luck you have!