Seaweeds soup or miyok gook is one of the most famous soup in Korea. It is popular on birthdays and after giving birth. After delivery, the mother eats lots of seaweeds soup because it contains lots of calcium and iodine, the nutrients that is very important for nursing mothers. It is also a tradition to eat miyok guk on birthdays to remind the first food of the mother and passed on to her newborn through her milk which also believes that it brings good fortune for the rest of the year.
Miyok guk or seaweeds soup is not only eaten after delivery or during birthdays but also anytime of the year. It is serve as soup at home or in the restaurants because it is known as a highly nutritious soup.
It is very easy to cook. Just soak the seaweeds. While waiting for it to become soft, boil some amount of water with minced garlics. It depends how much garlic you put. I like mine with lots of garlic. When the miyok is soft, cut it and put in the boiling water. Boil it for about 10 minutes and put some sesame oil and salt. It's as simple as that but it's more delicious if you put some beef (saute the beef first, if you put some). We always put beef on birthdays.