새해 복 많이 받으세요! Happy New Year everyone!
This New Year, I decided to make it a Korean New Year meal for my family. And today, I started off with Tteokguk (떡국), also known as Korean Rice Cake Soup.
A traditional New Year dish in Korea, Tteokguk – 떡국 is a soup of sliced rice cakes served usually in beef broth. Made with garaetteok (가래떡) sliced into thin oval shapes, the white oval shape are believed to symbolize a prosperous and good New Year ahead.
The Korean traditionally age another year on New Year, so it is common that one must eat a bowl of Tteokguk (떡국) to become a year older and wiser.
Surprisingly, my boys loved Tteokguk (떡국) and had requested for me to add it their regular meals where time permits for me to prepare the dish. A pretty easy dish to make as long as I have the Beef Stock available (I usually made them and batch them before stocking them in the freezer). So, I know I would be spending the next weekend to prepare the Beef Stock in the freezer.
My Tteokguk (떡국) is adapted from Korean Bapsang – Tteokguk
- 300 gms beef brisket (양지머리) / oxtail (쇠고기)
- 1/2 medium onion
- 5 – 6 cloves of garlic
- 10 cups of water
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 egg – for egg garnish
- 1 scallion
- Takuan (crunchy daikon pickle)
- 4 cups sliced garaetteok (가래떡) – (Soak in cold water for 30 minutes)
- Prepare the beef broth by putting all the ingredients into the slow cooker. I use oxtail (쇠고기) as that was what I had in my freezer this week. Let it cook in the slow cooker for at least 4 hours till the oxtail is soft.
- Make the egg garnish. Lightly beat the egg. Season accordingly with salt and pepper.
- On the heat lightly oiled skillet, cook the egg over medium low heat. Cook each side briefly. Slice into thin strips and set aside
- Cut the scallion into 1 inch slice each. Set aside
- Cut the takuan into 1 inch slice each. Set aside
- In the saucepan, bring the stock to boil. Add the rice cake slices. Boil for about 5 minutes.
- Ladle the steaming soup into individual bowls and garnish with the egg, scallion and takuan strips.
- Serve hot