Usually served during cooler weather, but good anytime.
Eomuk Guksu - Fishcake and Noodle Soup
This is a variation of the Korean eomukguk or fishcake soup.
4 ounces Korean or Japanese tubular fish cake -- (4 to 8)
4 ounces Daikon Radish
2 Green Onions
7 ounces Asian noodles
2 tablespoons Soup Soy Sauce
Flat fish cake sheet or variety fish cake for tubular fish cake
1 ounce dried anchovies
1/2 ounce Kelp
6 cups Water
2 large eggs
1 hot red or green chili pepper
Slice the fish cake into roughly 1/2 inch thick pieces.
Cut the radish into into roughly 1/4 inch thick rounds.
Cut the green onion into roughly 1/2 inch long pieces.
Bring about 4 cups water to a full boil over high heat.
Add noodles, reduce heat to medium, and return to a soft boil.
Cook until desired tenderness. (taste test often to ensure they are not over cooked)
Remove from heat, rinse in cold water, and drain.
Place the noodles into serving bowls.
Add kelp and anchovies to cold water and soak for 1/2 hour.
Bring to a slow simmer over low heat.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Strain the broth and discard solids.
Separate yolks from whites.
Combine yolks and whip together.
Pour into a hot oiled pan in a thin layer (tilt pan back and forth to cover bottom of pan).
Cook over medium heat until top is just firm, but bottom is not browned, flip and cook 15 to twenty seconds.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Cut into thin strips about 1/8 inch wide by 1 1/2 inch long.
Repeat with egg whites.
Slice the chili pepper in half from top to bottom, remove seeds and any pith, then sliver each half from top to bottom.
Return the broth to a simmer over medium low heat.
Add the radish slices and simmer about four minutes.
Add the fishcake and the soup soy sauce, return to a simmer, and cook for two to three minutes.
Add the green onion and cook an additional minute.
Ladle the soup over the noodles then top with garnish.
Serve warm with fresh kimchi.
The fish cake used for this dish is a hollow tubular fish cake which can be found in the frozen seafood section of many Korean or Asian markets. Flat fish cake or variety pack fishcake can easily be substituted.
The noodles for this dish can be found in the frozen foods sections of most Korean markets.