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Miyeok-guk (seaweed soup)

Miyeok-guk (seaweed soup) is a traditional dish typically eaten on your birthday in Korea. It is also known as a popular postpartum food due to its health benefits. Miyeok (seaweed) is a great source of calcium, iodine, fiber, omega acids, vitamin B1 & B3, while low in calories. It has also been linked to metabolism regulation, blood purification, constipation relief, detoxification, and anti-carcinogenic and anti-aging effects.

In Korea, miyeok-guk is eaten on birthdays to remember a mother’s hard work in birthgiving and child raising. Ironically it’s usually made by our moms.


PREP TIME: 30 min
COOK TIME: 40 min


  • Dried miyeok (also known as wakame), 1/2 cup

  • Beef Brisket, 1/4lb cut into bite size chunks

  • Garlic, 2 cloves minced

  • Water, 8 cup

  • Soy sauce, 2-4 tbs

  • Sesame oil, 2tbs



  1. Soak the miyeok in a large bowl of water for 30 minutes-1 hour.

  2. Drain and cut the miyeok into bite-size pieces.

  3. Saute the brisket in sesame oil for 5 minutes; add garlic and 2 tbs of soy sauce.

  4. Add the miyeok and 2 tbs of soy sauce; saute for 5 additional minutes.

  5. Add 6-8 cups of water to the pot and boil for 30 min over med-high heat.

  6. Serve with a bowl of rice and a side of kimchi. Enjoy!