On the lunar new year, or 설날 (seollal) Koreans allegedly start the day with a big bowl of tteok guk - or rice cake soup.
For me, it was just a good excuse to whip up this simple, tasty favorite.
A simple broth is brought to a boil (I used about 1 1/2 c of my pho beef stock with about 1 c of water).
Then add sliced tteok (Korean rice cakes). I only had tteok-bogi tteok in the house, but they do make pre-sliced soup-style tteok.
The thinly sliced beef is optional, but I find it rather tasty. You can also add a small bunch of sweet potato (jap chae) noodles if you like.
Also chop up a scallion or two. Season the broth with 2 TBS soy sauce, 1 TBS sesame oil.
Pour 1 beaten egg over the boiling soup and wait 10 seconds, before drawing figure-8s through to create egg ribbons.
Garnish your soup with black pepper and thin strips of toasted seaweed (gim or laver)
Jake and I also had some great eats for Valentine's Day:
Dreaming? of getting back into the gym this week! Had a lot of great eating in the last week, time to get back on track.