The Word of the Day comes from YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY by Steph Cha. The novel is shortlisted for the 2020 Tournament of Books.
Miyeok-guk is traditionally consumed by Korean after giving birth. Miyeok is rich in calcium and iodine, nutrients that in the Korean culture are believed to be important for pregnant and/or nursing mothers. Miyeok-guk is traditionally eaten for breakfast on birthdays, as a celebration of one's mother. As part of birthday celebrations, guests are served miyeok-guk along with rice cakes and other traditional foods. Miyeok-guk is also eaten outside of special occasions during the rest of the year. It is a very common side dish served with rice,
Miyeok-guk ingredients typically include a mussel based broth, anchovy, beef, clams or oysters, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onions, scallions, salt, roasted sesame seeds, and dried or pickled shrimps.