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Korean soup-Yukgaejang-01.jpg
Alternative namesSpicy beef soup
Place of originKorea
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsBeef
Korean name
Revised Romanizationyukgaejang

Yukgaejang[1] (육개장, 肉개醬) or spicy beef soup[1] is a spicy, soup-like Korean dish made from shredded beef with scallions and other ingredients, which are simmered together for a long time. It is a variety of gomguk, or thick soup, which was formerly served in Korean royal court cuisine. It is thought to be healthful and is popular due to its hot and spicy nature.[2]

Also, yukgaejang was eaten mainly by people who were tired of the midsummer heat to take care of themselves.[3]

In addition to shredded beef, scallions, and water, the dish generally also includes bean sprouts, gosari (bracken fern), torandae (taro stems), sliced onion, dangmyeon (sweet potato noodles), chili powder, garlic, perilla seeds (also called wild sesame seeds), soy sauce, oil (sesame oil and/or vegetable oil), black pepper, and salt. Chili oil may also be used.[2] Yukgaejang is generally served with a bowl of rice and kimchi.


Dakgaejang (spicy chicken soup)

The dish may alternatively be made with chicken rather than beef, in which case it is called dak-yukgaejang or dakgaejang.

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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.
  2. ^ a b "Perfect Food for Hot and Humid Weather,Yukgyejang (Spicy Beef Soup)". What's On Communications Inc. 2008-07-06.
  3. ^ "육개장, 닭개장". terms.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-04-04.

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