[Korean Food/ Culture][굴 떡국 만들기] How to make ddeokguk for the New Year

Did you know that Koreans eat this delicious soup for the New Year without fail? Usually, it’s just ddeokguk. But today, we’re going to learn how to make tasty Oyster Ddeokguk (because we get fresh oysters for cheap in Korea) to celebrate an awesome new year for 2015!

If you guys have KakaoTalk (Katalk), you’d know that 이밥차 (yi bab cha) provides awesome recipes and step by step how-to guides to Korean dishes.


Here’s what you need:

Compulsory Ingredients:

– 2 cups of Rice cakes for Ddeokguk (they’re oval flat shaped)

-1 cup of Oysters

– Big green onion (10cm)

– Leek (50g)

– A third of an onion

Add on Ingredients (not compulsory):

– 4 pieces of Mandoo (Korean dumplings)

Soup Base Ingredients:

– 5 Anchovies for soup

– 1 sheet of Dashima (dried kelp)


– 1.5 tablespoons of Soy sauce

– 0.2 tablespoons of salt

– 1 tablespoon of Sesame oil

– Pepper used sparingly

Leek Salad’s marinade:

– 1 tablespoon of chili flakes

– 0.5 tablespoons of sugar

– 0.5 tablespoons of soy sauce

– 1 tablespoons of vinegar

-1 tablespoon of sesame oil

-0.5 tablespoons of sesame powder


Let’s start to learn how to make Ddeokguk 굴 떡국!

Step 1: Rinse the sticky rice cakes and oysters in cold water and dry them


Step 2: Diagonally slice the big Green Onions (대파 Dae-pa) (you can replace with spring onions if you can’t find daepa in your country), and then cut the leek and round onion into lengths that’s comfortable for eating.


Step 3: Put the soup base ingredients and 6 cups of water into the pot and boil on medium heat. Once the water starts boiling, lower the heat to low fire and boil for 10 minutes. Remove the anchovies and kelp through a sifter.


Step 4: Add the sticky rice cakes and mandoo and boil on medium heat. When the rice cake turn soft, add in the oysters, big green onions and marinade and bring to boil again on medium heat.


Step 5: Now to make the leek salad garnish. Put the sliced leeks and onions into the leek salad marinade and toss well. Add the garnish to the top of the ddeokguk and you’re done! ^^


Here’s a summary in Korean. ^^


Have a great new year 2015 and eat delicious ddeokguk for good luck and prosperity! ^^

All image credits to 이밥차@ KakaoTalk