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(S2Ep3) Feeling Unwell: Korean Kimchi Mackerel Soup

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Feeling unwell? When I’m unwell, I think of home. So let me show you how my family uses kimchi and mackerel to make a delicious healing soup. It works because both kimchi & mackerel strengthen our immune system and helps us fight infections. Next time you’re unwell, give this a go!

Presenter/Producer: Graci Kim
DoP/Director: PolakTV
Exec Producer: Verity Mackintosh
Hair/Makeup: Kimora Lee Hair
Wardrobe: Lin Dian Jen – aka Dijon
Friend: Maggie Foucault



  • Well-fermented kimchi (500g)
  • Sesame oil (a glug)
  • Brown sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Soy sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Oyster sauce (1 tbsp)
  • Canned Mackerel (1 can)
  • Spring onion (2-3 stalks, cut into matchstick lengths)
  • Rice

(1)  In a large saucepan, add a good squeeze of sesame oil and saute the kimchi until the sesame oil has evaporated.

(2)  Add 2-3 cups of water to comfortably cover the kimchi.

(3)  Add brown sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir into the soup.

(4)  Add the entire contents of a can of mackerel and let the soup boil.

(5)  After approx 10 minutes, add the spring onion and turn the heat off.

(6)  Serve with warm rice.

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