Maeoontang (매운탕) - Spicy Fish Soup

I love love LOVE maeoontang because of the fish. It's super easy to make and it's really yummy.
1 snapper, scaled (you could use any fleshy white fish like croaker or sea bass or cod)
3 cups water
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
1 tablespoon hot pepper paste (gochujang)
1/2 small onion
1 zucchini
2 Korean hot peppers
3 or 4 cloves of garlic
1/2 a 16 oz. package of firm tofu
1 bunch of watercress (2 loosely packed cups)

  1. heat a pot over medium heat
  2. add in oil and hot pepper flakes and let them sizzle until the oil turns red
  3. add in the water
  4. stir in the hot pepper paste until it dissolves
  5. add in garlic
  6. chop up the vegetables and tofu
  7. clean up the fish
  8. chop the fish into chunks
  9. bring soup to a boil
  10. add in vegetables
  11. add in the fish
  12. add in the tofu
  13. let it cook for 10 minutes until the tofu absorbs the spiciness of the soup and the fish is cooked through
  14. add in the watercress
  15. spoon some soup over the watercress to help it wilt
Serve with a bowl of rice and enjoy.


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