Tuesday, March 18, 2008

#21 Seaweed Soup or Mee-yuk-gook on your birthday


A Korean Mom will always make Mee-Yuk-Gook/Seaweed soup on your birthday. Without fail, it always appears faster than the enchanted food at Hogwarts. The minute you wake up, hop or stumble out of bed...there it is...a nice hot steamy bowl of seaweed soup. She may not give you a cake(you might get some dduk/rice cake though you lucky bastard), a gift(maybe a crisp 20, or a benjamin if she's a baller), throw you a party (where other people besides your relatives are invited), or even let you go outside after a certain hour, but she will wake up extra early and make you some seaweed soup. Do not ever cross a Korean Mom and tell her that you do not like Seaweed soup. Even if it makes you break out into hives or throw up in your mouth, it will be to no avail. The Korean Mom will simply scream,"Is good for you!" and proceed to give you stank eye(see #5), but 'The Eye' will be slightly toned down because it is indeed your birthday and she does not want to kill you the same day she pushed you out (with no epidural and while biting down on a stick or rag...according to her.). She will also tell you very seriously that you must consume every single drop or else you will not grow a year older. At my age I plan to never slurp another drop of Mee-Yuk-Gook again, that way I can stay this age forever. Unfortunately, when I moved to my current apartment, my mom stocked my pantry with enough dried Mee-Yuk to last me until I turn 100 or until Bush finds Osama...both which will be never.

22 comments:

Sunny said...

Oh, so true.

How about New Year soup? Sal-nal duk-gook?

Chrissy said...

haha i don't think we've missed mee yuk gook on any of my family's birthdays since i was born...

Anonymous said...

hahah this is so true, and u know this is very traditional. My mom also always gave me meeyuk guk and alwyas told me "its good for you" w hen i say i dont wanna eat this. She also tells me to eat every drop of it. LOL!!!!!

LOL!!!!!

santoki said...

It gives me the dry heaves. I believe the saying is, "gooood pour youuu"

Anonymous said...

LOL! Wait til you give birth - mother brings the mee-yuk-gook to the HOSPITAL ROOM! And apparently, tradition dictates that new mother eat mee-yuk-gook every day (every meal?) for about a month!

Anonymous said...

I actually love miyuk gook and even after having it at every meal for a month after giving birth, I still didn't get sick of it. Something's wrong with you all who don't like miyuk gook. :) Btw, if your mom told you miyuk gook makes you turn a year older, she lied. Koreans consider you 1 years old at birth and you turn a year older every lunar new years with a bow of dduk gook.

parksalot said...

my mother has spent hundreds of dollars sending me korean food stuffs to make sure (1) i'm eating "healthy" food and (2) probably to make sure i don't somehow, magically turn into a while guy because i'm not getting enough keem, noo-rung-gee, and good ole ramen in my diet. little does she know, that transformation happened a long, long time ago.

she also sends me fresh produce in the mail that is bruised and sometimes a little smelly. i'm pretty sure she's convinced the white devil i married isn't feeding me well, although i'm a professional cool that attended culinary school... which means i'm a failure.

parksalot said...

while = white
cool = cook

it's late...

parksalot said...

oh, just one more thing... i made it up to them by getting a degree in accounting a few years later. i absolutely abhor the accounting profession.

midnight_mile said...

Boyfriend's birthday is on Friday, so we're preparing for the influx of meeyuk guk...oh the joy!

Heather *IsaBella and Harrison's Mommy* said...

Bring on the meeyukgook! I love it! I actually made my sister very sick by my pure enjoyment of slurping it up after I had my babies. She says she is forever traumatized by the amount of meeyukgook consumption by one person and will never be in the same room with it again! Supposedly, it's supposed to "clean your blood" and "so healthy for you" so my mom made me eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everytime the baby snacked on my boobies, she would be feeding me meeyukgood. I told her to keep that hot soup away while I'm feeding the baby, but she responds with "you feed your baby, I feed mine!" Hahaha! I love my Korean Mom!

Love always,
Heather

brotherhood-of-white-devil-spouses said...

parksalot = lulz

Anonymous said...

Meeyukgook is actually for moms. Since meeyuk contains lots of iron, it helps moms recover quickly after giving birth.

pamela said...

My Korean Mom didn't make a big deal out of this soup for our birthdays, but she did make it and encourage me to eat it after the births of my daughters, talking about how it's so good for post-partum mothers. Fortunately for me, Mee-Yuk-Gook is one of my favorite Korean foods.

Julia said...

*gasp*! i LOVE miyukgook!! it tastes so good! especially when it has the lil pieces of ggoh gee in it! XD

Anonymous said...

I also LOVE Miyukgook! Mmmmmm my favorite! My mom also never missed a b-day. This is my "comfort food". Did you ever eat it with rice mixed in with the soup? I found out later, when I was in high school that this was something that 'babies' did. I don't care- that is still my favorite way of eating it!

Anonymous said...

This is probably why my kid and nephew and niece call it the "me-yucky-gook".

Anonymous said...

I, too, am sooooo sick of Miyukgook. Not only did I eat it every birthday, but also once a week till I moved out of my parent's.

Shaina said...

I LOVE the Harry Potter references. Don't know if your mom ever did this, but my mom tried to take my HP books away because she thought it was "work of devil". Your blog is awesome.

unchienne said...

Never liked seaweed soup as a child. I don't think my mother does either, which is why I always had clam soup on my birthdays. However, as an adult, I sort of like mee-yuk gook. Even made it myself a few times.

Anonymous said...

Lol....seaweed soup is actually one of my favorite things to cook, mostly because mine tastes damn close to my mom's version. Love this site by the way. I used to feel like sometimes I wasn't "asian enough" but a lot of these posts make me remember things i grew up with.

Anonymous said...

lol i guess i u used up all the mee-yuk cause we killed osama...