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Southern Mother Style Bean Sprout Soup

Servings: 1




I love bean sprout soup in the summer. Itís a clean light soup thatís fresh and delicious.



A Handful of anchovies (for the broth)
Two big handfuls of bean sprouts
1 medium sized potato
2 spicy green peppers
3 cloves of garlic
Half a block of tofu
Salt to taste

Cooking Method





1.      First the broth needs to get started. The anchovies can go straight into the water, but youíll have to fish them all out later, or you can use a little contraption we found at the market that looks like a tea strainer but larger. Let the water come to a boil with your anchovies for 15 minutes while you prepare the other food.

2.      Rinse the bean sprouts, dice the potatoes, mince the green peppers, mince the garlic and dice the tofu.



3. After the water has boiled for 15 minutes remove the anchovies and add the potatoes. Let boil for 10 minutes.


4. Add the bean sprouts, garlic and green peppers to the soup and turn down the heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Add the tofu last and let it cook until the tofu is warm, about 5 minutes, and serve.

To eat: Itís served with rice and a sunny side up egg on the side and Korean side dishes.



Another option: My husband likes to eat the soup with the rice and the sunny side up egg all in one bowl.


The major differences between the northern, Seoul, version and the southern, Busan, version are in the broth. In Seoul restaurants the broth will probably have been made just using plain water and no anchovies at all. Also, the addition of the tofu, the first point I brought up is a southern addition. The potatoes, which make our broth a bit cloudier than the northern version are also our southern motherís addition. My husband said the potatoes may not necessarily be a southern thing, but itís definitely his motherís thing, which now makes it our thing.

I love bean sprout soup in the summer. Itís a clean light soup thatís fresh and delicious.

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