Vegan Ddeok-kook (Rice cake soup) Recipe
Happy New Year everyone!! I hope 2010 was a good year for everyone, and we really hope all our Vegan8Korean visitors have a fantastic 2011!
Ddeok-kook is a rice cake soup with a simple broth Koreans always eat on New Year’s day. If you have not eaten Ddeok-kook on New Year’s day, we say that you haven’t properly aged a year ( in Korea, you get one year older on New Year’s day, not on your birthday – I know, it’s kind of confusing ).
Anyway, it’s a simple and easy dish that you can prepare in 20 minutes (minus the soaking time for kombu, ddeok, and mushrooms). You can also add veggie dumplings to the dish to make it a heartier meal. It’s a yummy dish that always made on New Year’s day to celebrate the new year!
Vegan Ddeok-kook (Rice cake soup) Recipe (Serves 2)
5 cups of water
2 cups ddeok (the sliced oval white rice cakes you find in Korean grocery stores)
1/3 cup dried shitake mushrooms
2 3X3 inch pieces of kombu
6-8 vegetable dumplings (from a Korean/Asian grocery store, we make ours!)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 scallion, chopped
1 tsp soy sauce (more or less)
pinch salt (more or less)
sesame oil (more or less)
generous pinch of blackpepper (more or less)
generous amount of sesame seeds (more or less)
1 sheet nori/kim (more or less, I like it with a lot of nori/kim)
1. Soak kombu and shitake mushrooms in 5 cups of cold water for 2 hours (leave the mushrooms when finished soaking but remove the kombu; I use the kombu for other banchan dishes later).
2. Soak the ddeok rice cake in water for 30 minutes.
3. In a separate pot, steam or boil veggie dumplings. Set aside on plate.
4. Bring kombu/mushroom water to boil. Add rice cake, garlic and chopped scallions and bring to boil.
6. Add soy sauce, salt, sesame oil and black pepper and simmer for 3 minutes.
7. Add dumplings and bring to boil.
8. Remove from heat and top with crushed nori/kim.
You must soak the dried mushrooms or they will be very tough and not good to eat.
You also soak the ddeok to make them a little more tender before you put them in the broth.
Put everything in the pot, and when it comes to a boil, put it in a bowl and add crushed nori/kim on top!
You mix it all up with the kim/nori when you eat it! Yumm… so soothing and nice.