Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup Recipe

Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup Recipe
Staff Writer
Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup

Jennifer Maeng

Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup

Here’s a soup traditionally eaten at Seollal, the celebration of the Korean New Year. It’s easy to make, and an anchovy stock gives this soup a subtle richness and body. If anchovies aren’t to your liking, however, feel free to substitute any other kind of stock.

Although some of the ingredients can be hard to find, there’s not a whole lot of work left once you do. Chewy rice cakes, made from glutinous rice flour and water, can often be found vacuum-sealed in the refrigerated section of Asian supermarkets, or you can try online. For the dumplings, you can buy frozen dumplings at the store, or if you feel like making them from scratch, you can check out our recipe for Korean Mandu. — Will Budiaman

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Ingredients

For the anchovy stock

  • water
  • Fifteen 2- to 3-inch-long dried anchovies

For the soup

  • 10  dumplings, thawed if using frozen
  • rice cakes
  • soy sauce
  • scallion, sliced thinly, for garnish
  • sheet dried, unsalted seaweed, sliced thinly, for garnish

Directions

For the anchovy stock

In a pot, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the anchovies and cook for about 10 minutes. Strain and reserve the stock.

For the soup

In the same pot, bring the stock to boil over medium-high heat. Add the dumplings, rice cakes, and soy sauce and boil for additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure rice cakes don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Serve hot with scallions and seaweed on top.

Rice Cake Shopping Tip

Rice is enjoyed in almost all cuisines and is readily available globally. For a simple side dish to any meat or vegetable entrée, rice is a great complement.

Rice Cake Cooking Tip

Be sure you are using the correct type of rice needed to obtain the result you are looking for. Long grain rice stays fluffy and individual while shorter grain rice is starchier. Also, rinse all rice before use.