Korean Anchovy Stock
I’ve been cooking more Korean cuisine these few months. So I started to make my own Korean anchovy stock from scratch. This is a versatile soup stock and can be used as a soup base for Japanese (it is similar to dashi stock) and Chinese cooking as well.
This is a simple recipe with only 2 basic ingredients (anchovy and kombu), which also resembles Japanese dashi stock.
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I usually prepare the soup stock in advance (the night or the weekend before) and store it in either the fridge or freezer, so that on the actual day of cooking, I can whip up any dish in no time at all.
The difference between home-made and instant soup stock available at the supermarkets is that the home-made version tastes more natural and wholesome, without MSG. So it’s worth the effort to make your own soup stock whenever there’s time.
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|Note: Ingredients, seasonings and measurements are at the “Printable Recipe” link above.|
|I’m using large anchovy (myulchi) that can be purchased from any Korean supermarket. Each anchovy measures about 6-7 cm.|
|Remove the guts as they may give a bitter taste to the anchovy stock.|
|Place the anchovies in a disposable soup pouch for convenience.|
|For the kombu (dried kelp), do not rinse or wash in water. Instead, wipe with a clean damp cloth.|
|Soak both anchovies and kombu in water for 20 minutes.|
|Bring the soup stock to a gentle simmer (as shown). DO NOT bring to rapid boil.|
|Remove the kombu and anchovy. The anchovy stock is ready to use right away or kept in the fridge/freezer for later use.|