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Alternative namesSeaweed soup
Place of originKorea
Main ingredientsBrown seaweed or Wakame
Korean name
Revised Romanizationmiyeok-guk

Miyeok-guk[1] (미역국) or seaweed soup[1] is a Korean soup whose main ingredient is miyeok, or seaweed.


Miyeok-guk ingredients typically include a mussel based broth, anchovy, beef, clams or oysters, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onions, scallions, salt, roasted sesame seeds, and dried or pickled shrimps.


To prepare miyeok-guk, dried miyeok is soaked in cold water until soft. It is then washed and boiled in an anchovy or mussel stock with shellfish or beef, and lastly seasoned with soy sauce, minced garlic and sesame oil.


Miyeok-guk is traditionally consumed by Korean women after giving birth. Miyeok is rich in calcium and iodine, nutrients that in the Korean culture are believed to be important for pregnant and/or nursing mothers.[2] Miyeok-guk is traditionally eaten for breakfast on birthdays, as a celebration of one's mother. As part of birthday celebrations, guests are served miyeok-guk along with rice cakes and other traditional foods. Miyeok-guk is also eaten outside of special occasions during the rest of the year. It is a very common side dish served with rice.

Health benefits[edit]

Seaweed is a good source of vitamin K, an essential vitamin, which is an important factor in blood-clotting. Eating miyeok-guk that contains a cup of seaweed enables one to absorb around 22% of the recommended daily vitamin K requirement for women and 29% of the recommended daily vitamin K requirement for men.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b (in Korean) "주요 한식명(200개) 로마자 표기 및 번역(영, 중, 일) 표준안" [Standardized Romanizations and Translations (English, Chinese, and Japanese) of (200) Major Korean Dishes] (PDF). National Institute of Korean Language. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2017-02-16. Lay summary.
  2. ^ (in Korean) Miyeokguk at Doosan Encyclopedia

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