• three pieces of cod about the size of chicken drumsticks or 1 and 1/2 head
  • enough water to cover the fish
  • 1 green onion cut
  • 1/4 of an onion sliced
  • 1 large jalepeno sliced
  • 1/3 of a small zuchinni sliced
  • equal amount of korean turnip or daikon radish sliced
  • two slices of tofu
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1full tbsp da dae gi (homemade pepper paste)
  • 1/2 tsp hondashi
  • 1/2 tsp sogogi dashida (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt or to taste

Hey Derek, I know you requested Dae gu tang, but I only had the head available. Its all good because it tastes just the same. 

Dae gu is well known for being able to eat everything except the bone.  The head of the cod has many gelatinous morsels and soft cartilage that Koreans love gnawing on.  The eyes, nose, intestine, stomach, liver and whatever else that wont break your teeth is eaten off the Cod.  There are many dishes that involve just the head of the Cod. 

Today, I made Dae gu muri tang (Cod head stew) If you some how got a whole cod, go ahead and clean it and cut them into pieces.  The Cod is fairly big and you might not want to turn the whole fish into soup so just bag them and freeze them. 

If you bought your cod from your local korean or asian market, it may have come in a sealed package.  Just one  will do.


 Tip****  keep in mind there is no exact measurement for korean cooking, you have to taste as you go and add more or less seasoning

Take you cod and put it in a pot that will fit the amount of cod you are cooking. I used a Ttukbaegi but any pot will do.  Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the fish completely.  Turn on the stove and start cutting up your veggies if you didn’t already.


 Once your cod starts to boil add the seasoning (garlic,salt,sugar,dadaegi,hondashi,dashida) and give it a stir to make sure there is no lumps.  Add the veggies and let it cook for few minutes, then add the tofu and green onion last.  Once it boils for another 5 minutes it is done.  The longer you boil the stronger it wil taste.  I like to have it boiling over all only 15 minutes from once the cod starts to boil.

it does not take long at all.  At this point taste your soup and add more and more peppers if you want it super spicy or adjust the salt and even dadaegi to taste. 

Enjoy this with a bowl of sticky rice and kimchi!