Christmas Time

I already have to wait for the next Christmas Eve:) The most favourite and awaited day has passed again.. I had so nice, funny and warm time with husband and family. And yesterday I was so happy to see that it is snowing, finally snowing!:) It’s already dark, but so white outside, with lights shining in our window. I hope You spend Christmas happily and with joy~! I missed writing on my blog, so today I wanted to present a new recipe of Korean cuisine:)

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As the weather is getting colder and colder.., last weekend I made a new jar of Ginger Tea [kor. 생강차] (I wrote about it more in earlier post: https://mulmangcho.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/autumn-is-coming-try-ginger-tea-30-09-2013/).

Already much time ago, my husband had birthday. Along with a polish cake:) we celebrated that day in Korean way. How does traditional birthday celebration look in Korea? Traditionally Korean people eat on birthday a soup called Miyeokguk [kor. 미역국]. Main ingredient of this soup is sea mustard/wakame – miyeok [kor. 미역]. Miyeok is very precious ingredient and has many good effects on our organism, that’s why using it in our daily diet or at least few times a month would be beneficial for us:) So besides trying Miyeokguk on birthday I advice to eat this soup more often than once a year:), or just use miyeok in other dishes:)

To sum up, Miyeokguk is very healthy and good for our body. We can understand why Koreans eat it on birthday. Wishing the birthday person happiness and health directly through serving this soup:)

I still remember when I made this soup for the first time, and that time Mr Kim wasn’t yet my husband. I wanted to surprise him with this yummy soup, but.. in my opinion it was average in taste, although he insists (even now) that it was very delicious. Therefore I was expecting to cook better this time hehe, but worried of making it worse hehe. No other choice was left on me.., I just had to try again. And the result, was really very very good, it was exactly what I wanted:) That’s why I wanted to share with You a recipe for Miyeokguk:)

 

Recipe for Miyeokguk [kor. 미역국] with beef
Main ingredients:

– 9 cups of water from cleaning the rice

– around 30 grams of dried seaweed: miyeok/wakame

– 2 spoons of fish sauce

– 2 spoons of sesame oil

– salt

 

Ingredients for meat:

– 100-150 grams of beef

– 1 spoon of soy sauce

– 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

– 1 teaspoon of minced garlic

– pepper

 

Preparation:

1. Soak dried seaweed (miyeok) in water for around 15-20 minutes. After that time take it out from the water.

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2. Clean the rice with water and keep 9 cups of rice-water (When I clean the rice that is later used for cooking, I usually clean it 3-4 times with fresh water. When using rice-water for a soup, You can throw away the first part of water in case the rice was dirty, and use rice-water from 2-4 cleanings. Later You can cook the rice for example in a rice cooker).

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2. Mix „meat ingredients” and leave it for a while.

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3. Fry the meat in a pan until it is completely cooked.

4. Then in a large pot add: cooked meat, seaweed and 2 spoon of sesame oil and cook it for a while.

5. Add to the pot rice water and cook on medium-high. When the soup starts to boil, cook it for around 30 minutes more on low heat.

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6. After cooking time passed add 2 spoons of fish sauce and cook few minutes longer.

7. Then depending on the taste add 1 teaspoon of salt and cook for 5 minutes more.

8. The soup finally is ready:) Bon Appetit!

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For people interested in nutrition/healthy eating I wanted to add an additional note about nutrition facts of wakame/miyeok:

– very low calories content (only 2 kcal in one tablespoon of raw wakame!)

low level of fat and carbohydrates

rich in vitamins (vit. A, C, E, K, B2, folate) and minerals (manganese, sodium, calcium, magnesium)

– high content of dietary fibres

– high content of iron (increases red-blood cells production, which have impact on better condition of skin)

boosting energy

hormonal balance (contents iodine)

– helps to reduce the bad cholesterol (weight-control, protects of heart diseases)

– good for pregnant women, and after giving birth (contents foliate)

prevents cancer (based on researches in Japan, lower breast cancer among Japanese women was associated with daily diet including seaweed)

– but be careful with overdose, as wakeme contents high amount of sodium (87mg – average 4% of daily need in 2 spoons). Especially people having problems with blood pressure and obesity should be careful with that.

 

Sources:

1. Dawczynski Ch., Schubert R., Jahreis G., Amino acids, fatty acids, and dietary fibre in edible seaweed products, „Food Chemistry”, Vol. 103, No. 3, p. 891-899, 2007.

2. https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/wakame-seaweed?portionid=34754&portionamount=2.000

3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/499914-what-are-the-benefits-of-wakame-seaweed/

4. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/wakame.html

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