Recipe Seolleongtang

Seolleongtang is a traditional Korean ox bone soup known for its rich flavor and nourishing qualities. It's a beloved dish in Korean cuisine, often enjoyed for its comforting taste and health benefits.


For the Broth:

  • 2-3 pounds beef bones (ox bones preferred)
  • 1 pound beef brisket or shank
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1-inch ginger, sliced
  • 2-3 green onions, cut into pieces
  • Salt, to taste

For Serving:

  • Cooked white rice
  • Sliced green onions
  • Korean radish kimchi (kkakdugi)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation and Serving

  1. Prepare the Broth:

    • Rinse the beef bones under cold water to remove any blood or impurities.
    • In a large pot, add the bones and enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and let it boil vigorously for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse the bones to remove any remaining impurities.
    • Return the bones to the pot. Add the beef brisket or shank, onion, garlic, ginger, and green onions.
    • Pour in 10 cups of water (or enough to cover the bones and meat). Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for about 3-4 hours, skimming the surface occasionally to remove foam and fat.
  2. Prepare the Meat:

    • About 1.5-2 hours into simmering, remove the beef brisket or shank from the pot. Allow it to cool slightly, then thinly slice it across the grain. Set aside.
  3. Season and Serve:

    • Once the broth is rich and flavorful, season with salt to taste.
    • Serve the soup piping hot in bowls over a bed of cooked white rice.
    • Garnish with sliced green onions and serve with Korean radish kimchi on the side.
    • Season with salt and pepper according to personal preference.

Tips and Variations

  • Variations: Some recipes add noodles like somyeon (thin wheat noodles) to make Seolleongtang more substantial.
  • Tips: For a clearer broth, do not disturb the pot during simmering to prevent cloudiness.
  • Healthier Option: Remove excess fat from the broth before serving for a lighter dish.
  • Spice it up: Add a bit of Korean red chili powder (gochugaru) for a spicy kick.

Calorie Information

A serving of Seolleongtang typically ranges from 250-350 calories per bowl, depending on the size and ingredients used.


Seolleongtang is not just a meal but a comforting experience deeply rooted in Korean culinary tradition. Its hearty broth and tender meat offer a taste of Korea's rich cultural heritage, making it a cherished dish for any occasion. Enjoy its nourishing flavors and adapt it to your taste preferences for a truly satisfying meal.


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