Beef and radish soup

Soegogi-muguk 쇠고기무국

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)



  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, kosher 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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  1. shoplivart Los Angeles joined 3/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi!

    I’ve been reading all of your lovely recipes on your website for a while now and love all of your videos and everything! Last week my Mom went to Korea, so I’ve been making my Dad dinner every night. I’ve been making him dishes all from your blog! I just made this soegogi-muguk last night, and he loved it! Thank you so much for making the recipes so easy and the videos so much fun to watch. I just added 1/2 a tsp more of soup soy sauce to the recipe because my Dad likes his soups a little saltier. I can’t wait for your fish soup soy sauce recipe!!!

    Thanks again for your wonderful website, and my dad thanks you too!

  2. namwoohyun hongkong joined 2/15 & has 1 comment

    I wanted to cook this.but i wonder if my chinese employer would like you think they will like it?its looks delicious.thankxxxx

  3. naimatou Morocco joined 2/15 & has 4 comments

    We don’t have fish sauce where i live, can i use something else instead???

  4. milanchoi Philippines joined 12/14 & has 1 comment


    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..

  5. Sarah_Love_Korea Africa joined 10/14 & has 4 comments

    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 ^^

  6. Jaycliu Seattle joined 10/14 & has 2 comments

    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.

  7. Zary USA, Fl joined 9/13 & has 2 comments

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

  8. ShannonTran San Francisco joined 1/14 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maagchi,

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

  9. Vo Virginia joined 2/13 & has 4 comments

    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.

  10. pudave Fontana CA joined 6/12 & has 4 comments

    Maangchi do you ever use Dashida to season the broth?

  11. pudave Fontana CA joined 6/12 & has 4 comments

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

  12. lilian73 Braziil joined 1/13 & has 5 comments

    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!

  13. Kona joined 12/10 & has 4 comments

    Is there a way to make this vegetarian?

  14. D California joined 6/09 & has 43 comments

    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?

  15. Kevin Vancouver joined 3/09 & has 2 comments

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

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