Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spicy Crab Soup - (꽃게탕)

I made this over the weekend, but I've been lazy to put it up. Like always, there are a variety of ways to make this dish, but I tend to cheat and buy the marinated crab at the K-markets.  Why?  Because it's already fully seasoned and all CLEAN and cut - bottom line, it saves me a lot of time.

I would say this is roughly about 1 lb. of spicy crab. When the K-market has fresh ggot-gae (crab) in the future, I'll buy it and show you how to make this at home as well. I don't like the frozen ones...

I had already washed and cleaned my veggies the prior night. This about 1/4 onion, 2 small red peppers, 1 green pepper, and 1/2 cup of sliced up daikon radish (moo).

In a pot, add about 3/4 TB minced garlic, 1/2 TB red pepper powder, 3/4 TB sesame oil and 2 TB gook ganjang.

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First throw in the moo and saute it a bit.

Then add 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil.

Add about 1/2 TB of dwenjang and 1 TB of gochu-jang to the boiling water....

Then throw in all the crabs and bring to a boil again.

Throw in the onions, green onions, and dae-pa (large green onions).

Throw in the green and red peppers...

Let everything continue to boil for a bit...

Throw in some tofu! At this point you can add squash, mushrooms, kongnamool, soot-gat or any other vegetable you want to add. I didn't have any of those (time to go the market again!) so I made mine simple.

Continue to boil for just a little bit longer and you're ready to serve! Enjoy with a nice hot bowl of rice.

As always, if there are any questions regarding ingredients and brands...be sure to check out my Korean Cooking 101 section!


  1. The colours in that look lovely. I love asian food but i can't take anything spicy. As i live in the west i used to identify red sauces in cooking with tomato sauce but after trying korean and thai cooking red means beware for me. XD

  2. your food pics always has me salivating... this looks SO good right now. can't wait to get my korean food fix the next time i'm in la.

  3. =O that looks goood

  4. I'm going to try this one. Thanks.

  5. Hi how do yoy marinate the crabs if you cant find them seasoned?

  6. Looks yummy. Can you do a non spicy crab soup? :D



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