3 January 2015

ABC Soup Dduk Guk



I didn't really make any resolutions but I guess this year I just want to live simply, cook more, and explore more. (Give me a week and this new-year-new-me phase will blow over). The weather reports said it would snow today and the doggy daycare was closed, so we didn't head out.. instead, I woke up at 1pm, lazed around, and put Real Estate on loop. Our (very late) lunch was Dduk Guk, which is what we had on New Years (see post before this). I love rice cakes. I made the broth out of chicken, using ABC soup in fact. My mom used to make this soup a lot when I was a kid and I love it!! I had no idea it was this easy to make, or that it was called ABC soup because I was always told it was chicken stew. While watching Xiaxue's Guide To Life (hahahah) the other day, she made this soup for her husband so I googled it, and that's how I learned that this wasn't some recipe my mom came up with because she knew how much I loved potatoes. It's okay though. My grandma and my mom will always make the best food.

Anyway, this, like everything else I make, is really easy, and very delicious. Jw finished most of it, which is a very good sign. However, it is time consuming and requires at least an hour of cooking time, so you have been warned! If you don't want rice cakes, just leave them out and you'll have yummy soup to go with rice... or just a rainy day.

ABC Dduk Guk 
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1–1½ hours

Serves: 2 

Ingredients:
400g Chicken thighs, washed, cleaned*, etc. (I used 5 thighs)
1 Russet potato, cut into cubes
1 carrot, chopped into pieces
½ onion, sliced
300g Korean rice cakes
1.25l water
(optional) ½ broccoli, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, bring water, onions and chicken to a boil, cover and simmer for half an hour, or longer if possible. 
  2. Remove impurities from soup, add carrots, potatoes and broccoli in. Cover and simmer for half an hour. 
  3. Add in the rice cakes, leave for about 2 minutes, and serve! 


*I know you always have to clean chicken before you cook it, and everyone has different ways of doing it, but I always do an initial boil.

Ps: here's a short playlist I made for forest walking, imaginary or not.


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