2.228 Auk Guk


21 (Sun) August 2011

Auk Guk


by MIL

at home

-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with W and DJ

Auk (아욱) is a leafy green bitter vegetable.  According to various on-line sources, it’s “mallow” and/or “malvacaea,” a huge family of plants comprising 2,300 species, including some seemingly unrelated members like cotton, kola, okra, and durian.

Whatever the case, MIL made a soup of it.  The strong flavor of the soup’s base doenjang didn’t allow for much of the auk flavor to come through, leaving a slightly bitter taste similar to spinach.  But it was pretty good.

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