Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup - 떡만두국

Let me preface this post by saying there are many ways to cook a dish. There is no right way and no wrong way. If it tastes great to YOU, then you did it the right way!

I realized today that it has been about a year and a half since I started this blog. I've been going through some of my old recipes and my cooking has definitely evolved from some of those older posts. In present day cooking, I might add more shrimp jut or a little less gook ganjang or I may even be more liberal with fish sauce (something I don't like).

With the Lunar New Year's coming up, I decided to make some dduk mandoo gook.

There are so many ways to make dduk gook. You can make it using just plain beef broth like this. You can make different uses of gom gook and make it using that broth instead. You can add the egg directly in, you can pan fry it and add it separately, you can separate the meat and add it on top as a pretty garnish, or you can be lazy like me and shove everything into a pot at the same time.

Do what feels right for you!

Ingredients Needed:

  • 6 mandoos
  • 4 cups of dduk (rice cakes)
  • 1 cup of shredded beef
  • 1/2 julienned carrot
  • 1/2 sliced onion
  • 1/2 sliced squash
  • 3 sliced mushrooms
  • broth: 1/2 TB minced garlic, 3 TB gook ganjang, 1/2 TB sesame oil

And onto the cooking~~~~            

First, defrost some mandoo (dumplings). This mandoo was homemade by my husband's aunt. According to the MR, her family is known for their wonderfully delicious mandoos. He was right! They are absolutely divine. I *wish* I could make mandoo like this. I've made mandoo at home numerous times, but I can't quite seem to get the flavor of the older generations.

Defrost some dduk (rice cakes) and let it drain out as well. This is about half a bag. This recipe won't have EXACT measurements, so please don't kill me.

This time I used flank meat. This is the meat you would use to make yook gae jang. I've already boiled the meat once and thrown out all the guck.  then added more water to make some beef broth.

Meanwhile start getting your veggies ready. I julienned carrots and squash (about a cup each). Slice up 1/2 onion very thinly and slice 1 large mushroom thinly as well.

Let the beef broth boil for about 30 minutes or so.

No *real* measurements here. I added about 1/2 TB of sesame oil, 3 TB of gook ganjang, and 1/2 TB of minced garlic. Turn up the heat...

And then dump in all the veggies and stir away!

Meanwhile, remove the meat from the broth and rinse it under cool water (so you don't burn your fingers like I did) and start ripping the meat off. It should be very easy to pull apart. This is exactly what you would do to make yook gae jang.

You want to achieve this. You can place this on top like a garnish when you're done with the dduk gook.

When your vegetables start looking like this...


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Add all the beef broth and continue boiling.

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Then throw in the meat (I’m lazy) and the mandoo and dduk!  No, I do not know how many cups of water I used. =/ I use this Le Creuset pot (yes, it's worth the $$$) when I cook and I just eyeball it. I add just enough water so that everything won't boil over. So...4 quarts? I added MORE water after I took this picture. There wasn't enough beef broth.

Go ahead and add some green onions!

Add your dduk and mandoo -- and just as it starts boiling, SERVE IT!  My dduk and mandoo was completely defrosted overnight so there was no need to cook it for a long time.  I actually scooped out ALL of the dduk and mandoo and just reused the leftover broth the next day with *new* mandoo and dduk.


Cut some gim up!

And then place some on top.  This is the MR’s egg-less version. My husband absolutely LOATHES eggs.

After I was sure that the MR was satisfied with his portion, I went and cracked an egg directly into the soup and let it boil some more.

This is the egg version that Munchkin and I enjoyed. =)

I later found this note stuck to the fridge. It made me smile. HAPPY *early* VALENTINE'S DAY! Go hug the one you love...even if they annoy you.


  1. Looks Yummy! I have some rice cakes but no dumpling to make this...I wish I can have some soup like this today..

  2. If that isn't the cutest note of all time, I don't what is! Props to your hubs!

  3. thanks for posting another recipe! i love your recipes!! the note is so sweet from your hubby....

  4. A note like that would make me smile too! Too bad I can't cook as well as you to receive any of those! Ok, gotta make some of your dishes!!

  5. lol!! i love the note.
    i can't wait to try this recipe :)

  6. awww so sweet :) And thanks for the recipe!

  7. This looks so good! I really love ricecake and dumplings!

  8. Looks delicious! And about the 'guck', I was looking at a cookbook yesterday and it was refered to as 'scum'.

  9. your huz is so sweet! and you're such an awesome wife to make such yummy dinners for your family!

  10. mmm. this looks good. I love all your recipes, and you blog them so clearly and easily which is real helpful! :) thank you!

  11. what a sweet note. :)

  12. if you make too much and have left overs, can it be eaten later? will the dukk get too soggy?

  13. @MAi - yes the dduk definitely gets soggy. SO - I just put in as much dduk as I want and save just the broth with veggies. Then later I will add more new dduk and boil again and serve again. =) Hope that helps!

  14. oi. he loves you. you are a lucky woman.



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