We are almost at the holiday season which means Christmas and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. And who can forget the spooky holiday this month anyway? But it also means the cold is getting stronger and we are one inch away from getting our toes frozen. In this case, what better way to warm us up than these most popular Korean soups.
Known for their divine taste and ingredients, soups have been a staple for Korean diet for centuries now. Not to mention, these soups will definitely warm you up during the cold harsh winter.
Some of the dishes in this list are served as a main dish, and some as part of a main meal. Nonetheless, you would surely enjoy many of these soups enjoyed in Korean homes.
The rich soup, Sundaeguk, commonly known as the hangover soup in Korea is a delicacy enjoyed by the locals. The soup gets its name from “sundae” a Korean blood sausage, a star ingredient. It gets the flavor from sliced sundae along with vegetables, noodles, and white rice.
In Korea, the soup is usually enjoyed with kimchi, kkakdugi, and other side dishes.
As you can see, Galbitang is a Korean soup containing beef short-ribs and flavoured with scallions, garlic, ground pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and salt. The rich soup is eaten as a main dish and since the beef is super expensive, it is only eaten on a special occasion; like wedding and banquets.
Unlike other soups in this list so far, Kongguksu is a summer classic enjoyed by the locals. The soup combines noodles and a cold, soy milk broth that fills your mouth with smooth, silky sensation.
Aside from that, the soup is prepared with somyeon noodles, and garnished with finely sliced cucumbers and tomatoes to add more freshness.
7. Dwaeji Gukbap
Another popular soup among the locals is “Dwaeji Gukpap.” The soup is made with pork, soy sauce, miso, red wine, sesame oil, and bone broth. After the preparation, it is served piping hot with a variety of side dishes like rice, shrimps, onions, noodles, garlic, kimchi, and green peppers.
Not to mention, this hearty soup is one of the most popular soups in Korea, especially Busan. Also, it is beneficial for women recovering from childbirth.
6. Janchi Guksu
What is Korean soup without noodles right? Janchi guksu is one of the most popular korean soups made up of somyeon wheat noodles. “Janchi” which translates to “banquet” is served on a special occasion.
Likewise, the soup is made from either anchovy or beef broth and flavoured with kelp. It is then served with thinly sliced egg, seaweed, carrots, shitake mushrooms, or zucchinis. You can enhance the flavour by dipping the noodles in yangnyeomjang which is a spicy, soy-sauce-based dip.
Another hearty soup which is a staple and must have for harsh winter. The soup is prepared by boiling cow’s bones, feet, head, organs, brisket, and shank for a long time till we get creamy white color. Then it is paired with ripe kkakdugi (radish kimchi) to further enhance the taste.
Gamjatang which orginated in the Incheon area is a flavorful Korean stew made with pork spine, and of course, potatoes(gamja) a key ingredient. Similarly, to add flavors, bean paste, chili powder, and garlic are simmered in the pot.
After the dish is done, one can easily enjoy it with a bowl of rice on the side. It is also said to be a popular hangover cure in South Korea.
Another summertime dish, Kalguksu is a favourite of Koreans and is enjoyed mostly in the rainy season and windy summer days. It is made with handmade knife-cut noodles of wheat and egg noodles. Then the noodles are simmered in a broth consisting shellfish, dried anchovies, and kelp.
Unlike other soups, you can enjoy varieties of the soup from spicy(jjanppong kalguksu), chicken(dak kalguksu), and mushroom(beodeot kalguksu).
Another flavorful soup in South Korea, Samgyetang is made with whole chicken cooked with ginseng, garlic, and rice. Aside from the rich flavour, the soup is also said to be good for health as it contains ginseng. The medicinal herb is known for boosting the immune system, stamina, and even lower blood sugar level.
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Hence, you can enjoy this soup with out holding back as it is good for your health.
Famous as a summer dish, one of the most popular and enjoyed Korean soups, Naengguk can be enjoyed as a hot dish too. It is made with sesame, soybeans, and chicken. Similar to Samgyetang, this noodle soup is also known for its health benefit.
As for the summer, the soup is served with cold water consisting of vinegar, and fresh vegetables like cucumbers, spring onions, garlic, wakame, and nori(seaweed).
So, among these ten amazing hearty soups, which one will you be having this winter? Let us know!