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Korean Bean Sprout Soup (Kongnamul Gook) Recipe

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Bean sprouts
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Korean bean sprout soup, which is both cheap and easy to make, has a light and refreshing flavor. Healthy, full of vitamin C, and low in calories, it's also supposed to be good for hangovers. Add a splash of red pepper flakes (kochukaru) and it's great for colds as well.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 3 cups soybean sprouts, washed and if desired, roots trimmed
  • 6 cups water or broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 scallion or bunch of chives (optional garnish)
  • 1 Tbsp Korean red pepper powder (kochukaru) (optional)


  1. In a medium-sized pot, saute garlic in soy sauce and sesame oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add water and bean sprouts and bring to a boil over high heat.

  3. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until you can smell the strong odor of bean sprouts cooking.

  4. If you're making the spicy version, add the red pepper powder 5 minutes before turning off the heat.

  5. If you're using scallions or chives to garnish, add to the pot at the end and then immediately take off heat.

(Serves 4)
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 5 out of 5
so simple, Member yogasurfer

this is a simple recipe but it tastes great. i like how the recipe gives you some nurtritional info.

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