|FYI, the pic was taken with the iPhone. My dad borrowed MY Canon for the week because he needed it.|
Miyuk Guk (seaweed soup) is another one of my favorite comfort dish foods. Being a nonspicy dish, it almost feels like a therapeutic relief to my system whenever I consume it. After all the spicy food I consume, my system can definitely use a break now and then. This dish makes me feel so calmed, satisfied without the empty calories, and I always end the meal feeling like I actually ate something healthy, that’s benefiting my body. I don’t have to stress about, “oh no too many carbs in that dish….my stomach is going to feel upset later.” Or “OMG why did I eat so much junk? I feel so unhealthy now,” Nor the “Too much spicy. As much as I love spicy, imagine what all that spicy food can do to my insides.” No, after a soothing bowl of Miyuk Guk, my body is saying, “Ohhh….just finished a hearty bowl of yummy goodness, packed with health benefits. I feel great!”For Koreans, Miyuk Guk is associated with birth. We eat it on our birthday. And mothers eat Miyuk Guk for weeks after giving birth. It’s believed to revive and replenish the body after the labor of giving birth. But this also applies to miscarriages and abortions. I totally remember my mom eating Miyuk Guk after giving birth to my brothers. Memory of the youngest brother stands out the most because I was a little older then. My grandma made a huge pot of Miyuk Guk for my mom to eat. And it seems like she ate nothing but that for days, then weeks. And of course, it became what we (the family) ate at the time too. I am pretty sure the rest of us didn’t eat Miyuk Guk every single day like my mom did, but we certainly did have our share.
My mom makes Miyuk Guk for each of our birthdays. As much as I don’t like her cooking, I eat it anyways. I make my own every now and then. It’s rarely for a birthday, but just whenever I get the craving. I was browsing around Maangchi’s site last week and her video totally made me crave some Miyuk Guk. So I ended up making some the next morning. I didn’t have any mussels in house, so I just used whatever I had. I prefer beef. I only had some brisket, so that is what I ended up using.
It so hit the spot!! All those feelings I mentioned above, kicked in full swing! It’s one of those dishes that comforts and hugs you.
When I was visiting Korea, I remember my cousin (boy cousin who is a few years older than me) getting up early to cook Miyuk Guk for his mother (my aunt) on her birthday. Even though I grew up eating this dish my entire life, it was the first time actually watching someone make it. I remember him sautéing the Miyuk (seaweed) away first. I knew nothing about cooking back then, but I remember thinking, “That is all there is to making Miyuk Guk? I can do that! That looks so easy!” My cousin’s mom was thrilled to pieces to wake up to her son’s Miyuk Guk. He only made one serving size, just for her. We were heading out to a huge buffet at the time, so she only ate a little bit. She probably ate the rest later.I told that story to my mom recently when she made Miyuk Guk on my brother’s birthday some months ago. She went on to say what horrible kids she’s got lol. “My kids don’t care enough about me that I went through carrying them for months, then giving birth to them, then raising them. They don’t care enough to ever make me Miyuk Guk, not once on my birthday.” I have cooked many things for my mom, but I guess I’ve never made Miyuk Guk on her birthday yet. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that she’s been making Miyuk Guk on everyone’s birthdays, including hers, since I can remember. Maybe this year!
I’ve seen on Korean dramas where the kids make Miyuk Guk for the moms when it’s their (the kids) birthdays. They feel that it’s the moms that should eat the Miyuk Guk because they are the ones that went through the pregnancy and childbirth. That makes total sense too! I even saw birthday cakes being presented to the mom instead of the kid whose birthday it was. Interesting! Moms deserve just as much celebration and congratulating on their kids’ birthdays.
Happy Monday. Oh and I just saw that Psy has a new video out. I'll leave you with that.