Yookgaejang 육계장(Spicy beef & scallion soup)

Yookgaejang is one of typical spicy and hot soup in korean food.

It is a korea royal palace cooking of origin.

Especially Perfect Food for Hot and Humid Weather.

It is the recuperation food which is popular in Korea.


1 lb beef (any part for quick cooking), 2 inches julienne
1/2 lb bean sprouts
1/2 cup gosari (packaged fern brake in water), drained
2 green onions, 1 inch bias cut, 3 tbsp Korean chili powder
1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp sesame oil, salt, pepper
8 cup water

How to Cook:
In a big pot, sauté beef with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili powder for 4-5 minutes.

Add water and bean sprouts, cover lid and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low, cook for 20 minutes, add fern brake, cook for another 20-30 minutes until beef gets tender.

At the last minute add green onions, salt and pepper to taste.




It is a quick version. If you'd like more flavorful "yookgyejang", buy beef shank or any part for pot roast and cook in water with some garlic and ginger to 70% done. Take out the meat, save the broth, tear meat into small size, marinate with above chili powder, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Put it back to a pot and add bean sprouts, blanched green onions, beaten egg,blanched fern brake (gosari) and continue to cook.


  1. 아우 얼큰한 육개장. 학교근처에 한국식당의 좀 싼메뉴가 육개장이라 종종 애용했다는(요). 그래도 뭐 한 13-4불 했지만.

  2. 육계장이 13~14불이라니...
    정말 허걱할 만한 뉴욕의 물가네요.