Did you know?: Koreans eat seaweed soup on birthdays

Did you know?: Koreans eat seaweed soup on birthdays

by Hyemin Lee
Stripes Korea

When you think of birthdays, you probably conjure up the typical cake with candles blazing on top. For many Koreans, seaweed soup or myieokguk is the iconic food that symbolizes a birthday. Traditionally, miyeokguk which is rich in calcium and iodine, is considered health food and has been served to mothers recuperating after giving birth. So, the custom of eating seaweed soup on birthdays means feeling gratitude to your mother who went through birth pangs by eating the same food that your mother had after childbirth.



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