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Mudfish (Loach) Soup (Chueotang) Recipe 추어탕

A delicious and nutritious Korean traditional soup made from mudfish (loaches) that improves your health and beauty.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Korean


Main Ingredients

  • 300 g loaches
  • 400 g water
  • 1 onion
  • 3 green onion sprigs
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 cup coarse salt
  • 9 cups water
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp fermented bean paste (or miso)
  • perilla powder to taste


  • 1 tbsp red pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 2 tbsp fermented bean paste (miso)
  • 2 tbsp red pepper powder
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • black pepper to taste


  • Place loaches in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and leave for 15 minutes. Afterward, rinse thoroughly.
  • Pour enough water to cover the loaches in a stock pot and start to boil. Add onions and garlic. Place lid and bring to a rolling boil. Simmer for about 45 minutes - 1 hour or more to get the best flavor.
  • Blend the seasoning ingredients together to make a sauce.
  • Add the sauce into the broth and add the remaining water into the stock pot. 
  • Add remaining vegetables and ingredients and boil for 15 minutes.
  • Add perilla powder to taste for extra flavor and boil for another 10 minutes.
Keyword chuotang, korean, korean loach soup, korean mudfish soup, loaches