Korean Food: Galbi Tang (Short Rib Soup)

Galbi tang or short rib soup is what chicken soup is to Americans. There’s probably a handful of Korean soups that most Korean men or women know how to make and galbi tang is one of them. If you’re feeling sick, it’s a cold day or you just like the soup, galbi tang can be enjoyed anytime. You are basically making a beef broth. .  most Koreans add radish, green onions, some add noodles and this soup goes great with a bowl of rice! My kids and I add the rice into the soup and eat it that way. A lot of Korean kids enjoy this soup alone with rice. This recipe takes some time, but it’s sure worth it!


Hope you give this one a try, enjoy!


Galbi Tang (Short Rib Soup)

Korean Food: Galbi Tang (Short Rib Soup)
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* My mom likes to boil the ribs the night before so the soup can sit overnight and you can skim off any fat in the morning. If you have time to do this, it’s worth it. There are also galbi tang recipes that use soy sauce and additional seasoning. As you make this soup more and more, you will find the right mix of ingredients that you like so try experimenting with different seasoning.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 4

  • 2 lb Beef short ribs, cut into 1.5 to 2 inch squares (leave the bones in and cut in between so each piece has a bone)
  • ½ to 1 large Korean radish, peeled and cut into 1 inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-4 scallions or green onions, sliced into 1 inch pieces for the soup PLUS finely diced green onions for the topping at the end
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic (season to how much you like)
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
  • Optional seasoning if you want spicy: chili powder to taste

  1. Soak the ribs in a bowl of cold water for about 1-2 hours to drain the blood, changing the water a of couple times. Place the ribs in a pot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil and simmer vigorously for about 5 minutes.* Remove ribs from pot and rinse any oil off in cold water.
  2. Slice the radish into thin slices and season with salt. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, cover the ribs with new, fresh water (enough water to cover the ribs) and add the sliced radish. Bring to a boil, and then simmer over high heat for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the scallions and cook for another minute or 2. Serve with more diced green onion or scallions on top.

Recipe from About.com


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6 Responses to "Korean Food: Galbi Tang (Short Rib Soup)"

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  1. Rey

    December 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, will try this out this weekend…I love soups…especially with rice.

    • hipfoodiemom

      December 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Sounds great!!! Please let me know how it turns out for you! Happy New Years Eve! :)

  2. betty s.

    October 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I didn’t realize galbi tang is so easy to make! thanks for sharing Alice, I’m gonna make this for the first time this week :)

    • hipfoodiemom

      October 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

      haha. . let me know how it turns out!! :) Thank you, Betty!!

  3. Theresa

    October 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    First timemakingthis. The recipe was easy and delicious. Thank you!

    • hipfoodiemom

      October 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Theresa, thank you for letting me know!!! :) and so happy you enjoyed it!


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