Fish Cake stew[Eomuk-Tang]

Hi everyone,

Today, I want to let you know delicious Korean soup made with fish cakes. Many Korean people enjoy this soup when they drink Soju because the taste of Soju is too strong as it is. Also you can see many food stalls sell this soup in winter. Ohh, not only the fish cake skewers are delicious but also the soup makes my body warm from the cold weather :)

Fish cakes may sound a bit unfamiliar to you as an ingredient. But  it’s often used in many Asian recipes, especially for soup or side dishes. Fish cake is called ‘Odeng‘ or ‘Eomuk‘ in Korean.



Ingredients ( 6 skewers )

  • 6 sheets of Fish cakes
  • 1/6 White radish (200g)ingredients
  • 1 Spring onion (1/2 white part / green part)
  • 15 Dried anchovies
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Red chili
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 3 Crown daisies
  • 6 Wooden skewers
  • 7 cups of water
  • a pinch of pepper

For seasoning the soup

  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking wine (optional)
  • 1/3 tsp Salt

For Dipping sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Minced spring onion
  • 1/3 Tbsp vinegar
  • 5 Drops of sesame oil
  •  1 tsp Water



1. Cut the radish and chili like the picture below.



2. Add 7 cups of water in a pot and boil with onion, 1/2 Spring onion, radish, garlic cloves and dried anchovies for 30mins on medium heat.

(Make sure you remove the anchovy’s heads and black parts from the inside before use.)



3. Meanwhile, Prepare the fish cake skewers. Also make the dipping sauce.



4. After 30mins of boiling, take the all ingredients out from the broth except the radish .



5. Add the fish cake skewers in the broth.



6. Season the broth with soy sauce, salt and cooking wine.



7. Boil it 5 more minutes with lid on, low heat.



8. After 5mins, add chopped chili and spring onion(green part).



9.  Finally, add 3 crown daisies and a pinch of pepper to the soup and turn off the heat.


I suddenly want to have some soju with it tonight :P haha . Hope you like the recipe!



  • Please make sure you don’t boil the fish cake too long, otherwise it becomes too soft and will get out of shape.
  • If you want it little bit more spicy, add some chili flakes.
  • Instead of dried anchovies, you can use dried shrimps or dried kelp for broth.
  • Let kids eat this without the skewers because the skewers can be stabbed in their throat.

Quick Korean Words

Odeng [오뎅]/ Eomuk [어묵] = Fish cake

Tang [탕] = Stew

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4 Responses to “Fish Cake stew[Eomuk-Tang]”

  1. Lovely. Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to try this. :)

  2. Hi Chloe,

    Thank you for the recipe. I am interested to make this dish but I wonder if you can help me to provide the recipe for the fish cake itself; a home made one, as I always find difficulties in finding the fish cake (eomuk/odeng). I went to Korean but still I couldn’t find it (I am not sure if they ran out of it when i go there or they don’t sell it)
    So, I’m really looking forward for homemade Korean fish cake, a step by step recipe. Thank you! ^^

    • Hi Kimi,
      Thanks for your request.
      Fish cake is a such a great ingredient to make many delicious Korean foods. Sorry to hear that you can not fine it easily in your area.
      Even most of Korean people don’t make their own fish cakes, so I’m afraid that maybe I can’t fine a good recipe for it.
      But I want to make it someday if I have a chance for it =)

      Again, thank you so much! xx