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Hi everybody! I’m going to introduce you to the Korean snack Eomukguk today. Eomuk are fish cakes and guk is the Korean word for soup, so this recipe is fish cake soup with anchovy stock. If you’ve ever been to Korea, you’ve probably seen this food being sold by street vendors. You’ll always see people gathering around their steaming carts in the wintertime, enjoying the sizzling eomukguk.
Many of these street carts are also selling ddukbokkie, which is hot and spicy, so this soup goes well with it. After having some ddukbokkie many people like to chase it down with some eomukguk broth. I have a lot of memories of standing around the street cart, enjoying the fish cakes. In my video I put many cakes on a single skewer, but vendors sell them one cake per skewer. Eat as many as you like, and when you’re finished, the vendor will ask you:
“How many did you eat?”
For each one I ate, I’ll have an empty skewer in my hand. So it’s easy to calculate! I show the vendor my skewers and they tell me the price. This way, I can just eat as many as I like, comfortably, and worry about paying later.
What I’m showing you here is an upgraded version of Eomukguk. Most street carts only use low quality fish cake made with lots of starch instead of fish, but I’m using gourmet fish cakes in this video. I worked a long time to perfect this broth and make it as delicious as I could remember it being. I tried adding dried shrimp, mussels, dried mushrooms, but found that a simple, well-seasoned broth gave me the best flavor. If I ever develop a better broth I’ll let you know, but in the meantime, make this for your family, friends, or yourself, and pretend you’re on the street in Korea.
for yangnyeomjang (dipping sauce):
Make the broth:
Add the fish cakes:
Make the yangnyeomjang (dipping sauce):
Enjoy the recipe! Let me know how it turns out.
Posted Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 4:34 pm
Tagged: eomook, eomuk, fish cake soup, fishcake skewers, fishcakes, 오뎅국, 어묵, 어묵국, korean food, Korean style oden, Koreans street snack, Maangchi recipes, oden
Originally posted on January 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm by Maangchi
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