Seaweed Soup and Fried Tofu…YUM!

This will be the first of what I’m sure will be many Korean food posts since I am half-Korean and have grown up eating it my whole life. Although I was not too partial too it as a child, I have grown to be almost obsessed with eating it now. Besides spending the moring making various kimchee’s I also suggested we have seaweed soup for dinner. It might not go over so well with small children or picky eaters (as I once was…) but if you’re up to trying new foods I highly recommend it.

Seaweed soup (Miyokkuk)

seaweed soup

This soup is traditionally served on birthdays in Korea, and is also the first soup women eat after giving birth, because it is supposed to help new mothers breast feed (it supposedly stimulates milk production) and recuperate due to the nutrients in the seaweed. It’s also really low in calories. Besides all the health benefits it is great to warm you up on a cold night.

1 oz dried brown seaweed
1/4 pound beef top sirloin, minced
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
6 cups water
2 tbsp beef stock powder

Soak the seaweed in a bowl with enough cold water to cover. When it is rehydrated and soft (30 min-1 hr), drain it and cut it into 2 inch pieces. Heat a saucepan over medium heat; saute the beef and garlic in the sesame oil, and a little salt and cook it until the meat is done. Stir in the seaweed and add the water and the beef powder, and bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes until the seaweed is fully tender. Season to taste with the rest of the salt. When served add freshly ground black pepper.
Note: At first the seaweed might not look like much, but trust me, it swells up!

Fried Tofu squares w/ dipping sauce

Slice tofu into 1/2 inch thick squares, fry until golden brown in pan with some oil. The sauce consists of (and I’m approximating because it’s hard to mess up) :

1/4 cup soy sauce (my mother waters it down a bit)
1 tsp sesame oil
a pinch of sugar
2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp hot pepper
1 thinly sliced green onion

Tofu

I’ll post more later on the various stuff we made earlier, but for now we are off to the movies finally! I was smart and went early to purchase the tickets so that we would not be disappointed again!

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