Memory Soup

With nothing written down I manage to recreate this memory soup.

Memory soup: seaweed soup

Memory soup: seaweed soup

I dub this seaweed soup ‘memory soup’ as it brings back memories of years gone by.

For my aunt’s birthday, I made her a little dumpling dinner party (along with the Boyfriend whose birthday is two days later), but for her birthday breakfast, I recreated a soup from our collective past.  It is a soup her mother would have made for her as my own mother made for me.

Add green radish for flavor

Add green radish for flavor

Some of the ingredients may have varied––maybe less ginger root or a whiter radish would have gone in, but the essence of it remains true.

Does it make you think of the sea?

Does it make you think of the sea?

My aunt used to say that if you eat seaweed soup on your birthday you wouldn’t get older because the slippery seaweed would keep the years from sticking to you.

Let the years slip off

Let the years slip away

Could it be that Ponce de Leon should have searched for his fountain of youth in a soup bowl after all?

Doesn't she look younger already?

Doesn’t she look younger already?

 Seaweed soup 미역국

The ingredients

1 oz. dried seaweed, soaked and drained and cut into 1 inch pieces (I used a brand called Hosan imported from Korea)

1/2 cup of daikon or green radish, cubed

5-7 dried anchovies

2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

a big chunk of peeled ginger

soy sauce


sesame oil

about 7-8 cups of water

The steps

1. Boil ginger, anchovies, garlic, and daikon in 7-8 cups of water before lowering heat to a simmer.  Let stock simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

2. Add seaweed and season with soy sauce, salt, and sesame oil.   Careful not to make it too salty.  Simmer until the seaweed is toothsome, but not too chewy.

3. Serve with rice and kimchi.

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The Boyfriend and the Old Lady


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