KOREAN WINTER SOUPS!!
We make a lot of soups in the winter. I recently shared a recipe for Korean Beef Cabbage Radish Soup using the Instant Pot that my husband likes to make when I’m not able to cook for the family. It’s definitely one of our favorite winter soups! I also have many other Korean winter soup recipes that are great for the season, and I’ve collected them in this post for you to enjoy.
From protein-rich meaty soups to plant-strong vegetable soups, there’s something for everyone. One thing’s for sure, these Korean Winter soups are packed with nutritious ingredients to nourish your body during the cold and flu season. The wisdom of our Korean ancestors never ceases to amaze me!
Beef Short Rib Soup (Galbitang 갈비탕)
This deeply satisfying soup is like a warm hug for your tummy. Beef is slowly simmered with onions and green onions to produce rich flavors and meat that’s fall-off-the-bone tender. The cooking process will fill the house with mouthwatering aromas. Mmm… And be sure to add a LOT of fresh green onions right before serving to increase the Vitamin C in your Korean winter soup! (FYI, there’s also an Instant Pot Galbi Tang version here)
Rice Cake Soup (Dduk Guk/Tteok Guk 떡국)
It’s a tradition for Koreans to eat rice cake soup on new year’s day. So this is definitely a Korean Winter Soup – with such a delicious mix of protein from ground beef, carbs from the rice cake, and vegetables like onion, seaweed; this is an all-round great soup for the family during wintertime. You can get rice cake specially made for soup (dduk guk dduk/tteok guk tteok 떡국떡) from most Korean supermarkets.
Radish Soup (Mu Doenjang Guk 무된장국 )
This Radish soup gets its hearty flavors from an anchovy-dashima (kelp/kombu) stock and Korean soybean paste (doenjang). Radish is great wintertime food because it is high in vitamin C which helps your immunity to keep the flu and cold away. It is also low in calories, high in fiber, and rich with digestive enzymes, which makes this soup a good option for something light yet packed with goodness.
Spicy Beef Soup (Yukgaejan/ Yukgyejang 육개장)
A classic favorite Korean winter soup made with beef brisket, green onions, bean sprouts, and optional gosari (bracken fiddleheads) in a belly-warming broth spiced with Korean chili powder (gochukaru). Don’t worry, you can adjust the amount of chili powder based on your preferred level of spiciness.
Chicken Soup (Yeong gye baeksuk 영계백숙)
A simple yet extremely nutritious soup made with cornish game hen or young chicken and lots of garlic that Koreans swear by for revitalizing the body, something we all need during the cold and flu season. It’s Korean chicken soup for the soul!
Soybean Sprout Soup (Kongnamul Guk 콩나물국 )
This is the soup to have if you’re feeling under the weather. Soybean sprouts are a good source of protein, vitamin C, B vitamin folate, and fiber. The root ends of the sprouts contain amino acid asparagine which is said to alleviate hangovers and help healthy brain development in children. By adding lots of red chili pepper powder (gochukaru), this a soup will completely clear out your sinuses should you need to!!
Hope everyone stays healthy and warm this winter and every winter with these wonderful Korean winter soups!