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Name of Event

Korean New Year (Seollal)

Cuisine From

South Korea


Ddeok Guk is the core meal of New Years day in Korea.


Yield 4
Preparation time 20-30 mins
Cooking time 20-30 mins
Main Ingredient Rice Cakes


Ingredients for 4 people

  • Main

  • Rice Cake and Instant Dumpling Soup (Ddeok Mandu Guk in Korean) ingredientsSliced rice cake 400 gms (garaeddeok) (Available Korean grocers)
  • 12 pieces instant dumplings (mandu) (Available Korean grocers)
  • Broth

  • Dried kelp (15×15 cm size)
  • 5 big dried anchovies
  • 8 cups of water
  • Minced garlic – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1tsp
  • Vegetables

1/3 of a zucchini

1/2 an onion

1 stalk of big spring onion


1 egg

2 sheets of laver (gim) seaweed  (Available Korean grocers)

Pepper (optional)



  1. Soak the rice cake in cold water for about 20 minutes. (If it is dried)
  2. Thin slice the zucchini and onion.
  3. Diagonally slice the spring onion.
  4. Beat the egg, pan fry it, and thin slice it. (Normally you fry the egg white part and yolk part separately, but I cooked it together. It is up to you.)
  5. Thin shred laver with scissors.


  1. Pour the water into the pot then add the kelp and anchovies.
  2. Simmer it on medium to low heat for about 15 minutes. (It looks light brownish)
  3. Take out the kelp and anchovies (I threw them away).
  4. Add the zucchini and onion. Boil it for 1 minute.
  5. Add the dumplings, rice cakes, salt, and garlic.
  6. Boil it until it cooks. (It takes 3-4 minutes) Add the spring onion 30 seconds before you serve the dish. (I forgot to add it, and you can adjust the taste with salt)
  7. Serve it in a bowl with the toppings on top (egg and laver). You can add pepper if you want. I always do, I love sprinkles of pepper .

This recipe has been provided  with the kind permission of My Korean Kitchen. Please visit the site for an outstanding selection of athentic Korean Recipes.