Fish Cake Soup (Eomuk-Guk)

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Korean Fish Cake Soup (Eomuk Guk)

It is getting closer to Christmas as the days go by and I am still cooking Korean food. :) There is nothing wrong with Korean food, it is still my favourite kind of food, it’s just that it is Not quite festive enough. I guess it comes down to my lack of creativity with Korean food.

I made fish cake soup the other night, with more natural ingredients compared to my first recipe on this blog. It might be a psychological thing but it seemed taste better because of that. Nothing can beat natural ingredients instead of processed ingredients, right?

Ingredients for 2 people

(Expected prep time – 4 minutes, Cooking time – 30 minutes)

Fish Cake Soup (Eomuk-Guk) ingredients
  • Fish cakes – 150 g
  • White radish – 100 g
  • Big size spring onion – 1/2 stalk
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Refined rice wine – 1 tbsp
  • Dried kelp 10×10 cm
  • 5 big size dried anchovies
  • Optional : Pepper and salt (as you need)

Prep

  1. Cut the radish into thin small squares.
  2. Thin slice the spring onion diagonally.
  3. Slice the fish cakes (whatever size you want, I sliced them in long thin shapes to stick them with some skewers, mostly for looks. :))
  4. Run some hot water onto the fish cakes to remove any oil coating.
Fish Cake Soup (Eomuk-Guk) cooking1

Cooking

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  1. Put the water (3 cups) in a pot and add the kelp and soak it for about 20 minutes. (By the way, if you do this before you start cutting the other ingredients, you can save some time.)
  2. Take out the kelp. (I threw it away, it’s just for flavour)
  3. Add the anchovies then boil the water.
  4. When the water starts to boil, take out the anchovies (throw them away) and add the radish.
  5. When the radish is nearly cooked, add the fish cakes, rice wine, and soy sauce.
  6. Boil it for about 2-3 minutes then add the spring onion. (You can adjust the taste with salt or pepper. It tasted good without either of them though I added some pepper, because I like the smell of pepper)
  7. Boil it for 30 seconds.
  8. Serve it in a bowl.

It was really nice, definitely good comforting food for a cold night. It goes well as a drink snack or as an accompaniment to ddeokbokki (spicy rice cakes). It dilutes the spiciness. You might experience a slightly bitter taste from the radish depending on what kind of radish you use I guess, but it is not a problem at all. Though I will try to figure out a way to get rid of or at least reduce the bitter taste from it.

Here is another tip about how to enjoy fish cakes, but you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.

I made dipping sauce for the fish cakes, which is the same sauce I made for instant dumplings the other day. It is not for soup, it is just for the fish cakes. The fish cakes taste even better with the sauce. I guarantee you. :)

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Fish Cake Soup (Eomuk-Guk)
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Fish cakes – 150 g
  • White radish – 100 g
  • Big size spring onion – ½ stalk
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Refined rice wine – 1 tbsp
  • Dried kelp 10×10 cm
  • 5 big size dried anchovies
  • Optional : Pepper and salt (as you need)
Instructions
Prep
  1. Cut the radish into thin small squares.
  2. Thin slice the spring onion diagonally.
  3. Slice the fish cakes (whatever size you want, I sliced them in long thin shapes to stick them with some skewers, mostly for looks. :))
  4. Run some hot water onto the fish cakes to remove any oil coating.
Cooking
  1. Put the water (3 cups) in a pot and add the kelp and soak it for about 20 minutes. (By the way, if you do this before you start cutting the other ingredients, you can save some time.)
  2. Take out the kelp. (I threw it away, it’s just for flavour)
  3. Add the anchovies then boil the water.
  4. When the water starts to boil, take out the anchovies (throw them away) and add the radish.
  5. When the radish is nearly cooked, add the fish cakes, rice wine, and soy sauce.
  6. Boil it for about 2-3 minutes then add the spring onion. (You can adjust the taste with salt or pepper. It tasted good without either of them though I added some pepper, because I like the smell of pepper)
  7. Boil it for 30 seconds.
  8. Serve it in a bowl.

 

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Comments

  1. dried kelp is not available in my country.. I’ve been searching for it but couldn’t find one..any suggestion for alternate ingredients?

  2. This is a really good recipe! I added garlic though and onions at some point probably wouldn’t hurt :)

  3. I thought it was called odeng soup! My mom made it and it’s super yummy. I’m glad you have this blog up! Now I can learn to make my own korean dishes (for some reason my korean mother won’t teach me how to cook)

    =)

  4. Thank you, this is an excellent recipe. I’ve just made it. It’s one of the easiest soup dishes I’ve ever tried! :) And I like the pictures too!

  5. Question…is Odeng healthy? I know it is processed fish parts. i eat it all the time.

  6. is fishcake called odeng in korean? i remember eating it as street food when i went to korea. its good :) is it the same fish cake as used here?

  7. For me it was a happy accident, but now I’m a converted Korean food fan. ;-)

  8. Hi Evil Jonny,

    It is good to hear that you love Korean food. It is my favourite food too. Though I am a Korean so it is unavoidable. :)

  9. Korean is my favorite food so I’m so happy to have found your blog!

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  1. [...] Here is a better image from a different blog (the fish cake is the brown wavy stuff on the skewers): http://mykoreankitchen.com/2006/12/22/fish-cake-soup-2-eomuk-guk-in-korean/ [...]

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