Miyeok guk, AKA seaweed soup, is one of my favorite comfort foods.
It’s high in nutrients and oh so delish. After a bowl, I am left feeling calmed, comforted, and satisfied. Seaweed is known for regulating hormonal balance. That probably explains the calming effect I feel after a bowl. Seaweed is low in calories and high in nutritional value, calcium, antioxidants, and vitamins (A, C, and K to name a few) and iodine.
More on the health benefits of eating seaweed:
Some years ago, I blogged about miyeok guk and how much I love it, among other ramblings about it. Read here. As I mentioned in the older post, miyeok guk is associated with birth in the Korean culture. One eats it on his/her birthday, kind of like a birthday cake. So we might have a bowl of miyeok guk and birthday cake! New moms eat miyeok guk to replenish the body after giving birth. After a miscarriage or an abortion, the same attributes hold for the need to nourish the body back to restoration. More on that on my older post.
If you’re an old-timer on my blog, you might remember! If you’re new around here, then yeah…I did a post way back when on miyeok guk and its significance. It’s an amazing dish that is also simple to make. Typically, it is made with beef or shellfish (clams and mussels are popularly used).
My personal favorite is with beef.
Or if you’re vegan….
MommyTang’s video seriously made me crave miyeok guk. After watching it, I had to make me some. The picture at the top is the most recent miyeok guk I made and devoured. I didn’t have any beef on hand at the time, so I had to go meatless on that one. I’d seriously kill to get a taste of MommyTang’s vegan version. Look at her having them foodgasmic moments lol. How could you not crave it after watching? Also, I love a good stalker story lol.
……more on miyeok guk and the letter “m” in Korean to be continued in the next post.