Haejangguk (Korean Hangover Soup)

After a long night out, nothing helps get rid of a hangover like a warm, delicious, rehydrating soup.


  • For broth:
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 (5x5-inch) piece dried kombu, wiped
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 green onions, broken in half
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 15 green outer napa cabbage leaves
  • For sauce:
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons doenjang (Korean bean paste)
  • 1/3 cup gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • To assemble:
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 ounces mu (Korean radish)
  • 3 to 4 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 handfuls of soybean sprouts


  1. Prepare the broth:
  2. In a large pot, add water, followed by the kombu, shiitake mushrooms, green onions and red pepper flakes. Stir all ingredients together and bring to a boil.
  3. Once broth is boiling, remove the kombu and discard. Add the napa cabbage to the broth and blanch cabbage in broth for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove to a bowl.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow broth to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Prepare the sauce:
  6. In a small bowl, add the garlic, doenjang, gochugaru, sesame oil, fish sauce, mirin and black pepper. Mix well with a spoon.
  7. In a bowl, add the beef chuck and top with half the sauce. Stir to coat well, and set aside.
  8. Tear the blanched cabbage into strips and add to a bowl. Top with the remaining sauce and stir to coat. Set aside.
  9. Assemble soup:
  10. Strain vegetables from broth.
  11. Heat a large pot over high heat; add marinated beef and radish. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add broth and napa cabbage mixture. Stir and bring to a boil. When it starts boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  12. Add green onions and soybean sprouts. Continue to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove from heat.
  13. Enjoy with a warm bowl of rice, kimchi and some banchan (Korean side dishes)!