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1.322 Muu-Guk


-Cycle 1, Item 322-
23 November 2010

-Korean-
Muu-Guk

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by Nanny 2

at home

-Oksu, Seoul-

It's called muu-guk (무우국), which literally means "radish" (muu) and "soup" (guk), but, like so many Korean dishes, the name is something of a misnomer as the primary ingredient is beef. A classic comfort food, often served as part of the multi-course meal offered in ancestral rites (see 1.021 Jesa Spread), the soup is prepared by boiling beef for several hours in water, then adding slices of radish, leeks, salt, pepper, and a touch of soy sauce. Done. But its very simplicity is what makes the soup difficult to do well. The main thing, the only thing, is the beef, quality beef, preferably brisket.

Our nanny, who isn't always the best cook, somehow managed to get this one right. And my boy, who hasn't been eating well recently due to illness, couldn't get enough.

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