Korean Chicken and Potato Dumplings

   Korean Chicken and Potato Dumpling

There is a dish called Soojebi (수제비) in Korea. It is a humble soup-like dish made with simple flour dumplings. Some soojebi has chicken, some has sea food or kimchi along with potato and zucchini. The dumpling itself is made with plain flour, salt and water. Quite simple and humble.

I don’t think I had soojebi that often when I was growing up in Korea. Mainly because…,  my father hated it. He hated it because he ate it so often and so much as he was growing up in the 40’s and 50’s when Korea was considered one of the poorest country in the world. Back then soojebi was one of the cheapest dish that people can afford to make to feed the starving family members. The soojebi he ate as he was growing up is not like this one on the photo. It was a humbly made soup with very little or hardly no protein in it.

Korean Chicken and Potato Dumpling

My father prohibited my mother to make soojebi. I guess he didn’t want to recall his “always-hungry” childhood.

On top of that, my mother, who grew up in a wealthier family than my father’s, didn’t like soojebi that much either. Her excuse was that she didn’t like the raw flour taste from the dumplings. I could understand why.

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