Beef and radish soup

Soegogi-muguk 쇠고기 무국

Beef and radish soup is a very popular soup in Korea. The soup is non-spicy, so it’s a perfect choice for children, and it can be whipped up quickly if you have a lot of sudden guests. It’s hearty food best enjoyed with rice, and is a staple in the Korean diet.

Korean beef and radish soup (쇠고기무국)

This is an old recipe with a new video, part of my project to remake all of my old videos into higher quality HD and with original music so they can’t be blocked in some countries on copyright grounds.

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

  • ½ pound beef brisket, cut into small pieces
  • ½ pound Korean radish or daikon, washed and peeled
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly diagonally
  • 4  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or soup soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups water


  1. Slice the radish thinly into bite size pieces about 1½ x 1½ inch and ¼ to 1/8 inch thick.
  2. Put the radish and water into a pot. Cover and bring it to a boil over medium high heat for about 15 minutes.Korean radish soupbeef and radish soup
  3. Add the beef and garlic. Turn down the heat to medium and cook for 25 minutes. Add fish sauce, salt, and chopped green onion.
  4. Cook another 5 minutes and remove from the heat.
  5. Ladle into a bowl. Serve with rice, kimchi, and more side dishes.

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Korean radish and beef soup

Soegogi Muguk

Beef and radish soup



  1. milanchoi Philippines My profile page joined 12/14
    Posted December 21st, 2014 at 11:37 pm | # |


    I cooked this today and i wander if my korean husband will like the taste because its my first time doing it and i also not sure what it taste like. I never tried it before. :) What a relief when he said its delicious and he ate a lot. I want to cook korean food because of my husband. And I tried some of your recipes here and my husband loved it.

    Thanks much..

  2. Sarah_Love_Korea Africa My profile page joined 10/14
    Posted October 28th, 2014 at 5:42 pm | # |

    안녕하세요 Maangchi ssi ^^ .. I have tried this soup today .. but unfortunately i didn’t find the korean radish so i used potatoes instead :D and i can tell you it was mind blowing dish .. the fish sauce also made the taste more than great .. thank you for sharing this awesome dish with us ^^

  3. Jaycliu Seattle My profile page joined 10/14
    Posted October 7th, 2014 at 4:24 pm | # |

    Thanks for the recipe Maangchi! This is the beef soup I’ve been waiting for that restaurant usually serves with just a little cup but very delicious.

    I made it with fish sauce but the soup doesn’t taste quite like the one served in Korean restaurant…Will you share with us your homemade Korean soup soy sauce? Thanks again.

  4. Zary USA, Fl My profile page joined 9/13
    Posted January 12th, 2014 at 5:14 pm | # |

    I just came down with the flu, can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. ShannonTran San Francisco My profile page joined 1/14
    Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 3:21 pm | # |

    Hi Maagchi,

    The meat is very tough when I make this. Am I doing something wrong or is the meat supposed to be tough?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 4th, 2014 at 11:15 am | # |

      oh, the beef must be very tough! Don’t worry. You can make it surrender. : ) Just cook longer until the beef gets tender. You may have to add more water.

  6. Vo Virginia My profile page joined 2/13
    Posted November 26th, 2013 at 6:37 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I cooked it today and I wondered that when I covered the lift after adding beef and garlic. There has lots of foam, do I need to remove that ??? Because I know when cooking, if not remove foam, it gonna makes the soup not clear.

  7. pudave Fontana CA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 6/12
    Posted November 13th, 2013 at 3:41 pm | # |

    Maangchi do you ever use Dashida to season the broth?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted December 24th, 2014 at 2:12 am | # |

      I used to use dashida (soup powder) long time ago when I lived in Korea but I haven’t used it for a long time.

  8. pudave Fontana CA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 6/12
    Posted November 13th, 2013 at 3:38 pm | # |

    yay!!! I cant wait to make this recipe today when I get home. thankyou Maangchi

  9. lilian73 Braziil My profile page joined 1/13
    Posted September 10th, 2013 at 7:30 pm | # |

    Maangchi, the way you explain things is so cute!! This was the first korean dish I ever cooked in my life, and it was the only non-spicy dish I knew back then to serve my kids when they were little, great seeing it done by you!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 12th, 2013 at 9:11 am | # |

      “This was the first korean dish I ever cooked in my life..” wow I’m very happy to hear that you started cooking Korean food! I think you will be busy cooking more Korean dishes from now on. : )

  10. Kona My profile page joined 12/10
    Posted September 10th, 2013 at 12:15 am | # |

    Is there a way to make this vegetarian?

  11. D California My profile page joined 6/09
    Posted September 9th, 2013 at 11:36 am | # |

    Maangchi, I don’t eat beef, but don’t mind just using the soup bone for the flavor. Two questions: How much soup bone will I need? 2. Can I also substitute chicken for the beef?

  12. Kevin Vancouver My profile page joined 3/09
    Posted September 9th, 2013 at 3:16 am | # |

    Please teach us how you make the home cook sauce. Thank you.

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