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Fish Cake Soup
If you’ve been to Korea before, you’re probably very familiar with this dish. You’ll see the street vendors selling it alongside your tteokbokki and mandu. (usually for free on the side) If you’re like me and you’re not in Korea, here’s your sign to make it yourself at home! It’s a “throw everything in a pot and boil” kind of recipe so I’m positive you’ll successfully make your very own fish cake soup! YOU GOT THIS.

Shall we get started?


  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 sheet kelp
  • 1 pack frozen crabs
  • ½ medium sized radish
  • 2-3 cup fish cakes
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup sake
  • 2TSP black pepper
  • 2TSP salt
  • 1TBSP fish sauce
  • 3TBSP minced garlic
  • ½ cup green onions

How to Make:

  • 1. Add a sheet of kelp in a pot filled with water.
  • 2. Rinse frozen crabs and cut them into half or smaller pieces. Add these into the pot.
  • 3. Cut a radish into cube-shaped pieces and an onion in half. Add these into the pot as well.
  • 4. Heat the pot on high heat. Add sake and black pepper.
  • 5. While we wait for the broth to boil, let’s prepare our fish cakes! Give them a quick rinse in hot water to remove some excess oil.
  • 6. When the broth starts to boil, you might see some foam on the top. This is from the crabs – remove it!
  • 7. When the foam is removed and the broth is boiling, add fish cakes, salt, fish sauce, minced garlic, and green onions.
  • 8. Taste test it to see if the flavor is to your liking. If it’s too bland, add a bit more fish sauce! Too salty? More water never hurt.
  • 9. ENJOY!

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