This healthy Korean Radish Soup, or Mu Guk recipe is an easy and satisfying vegan dish of daikon radish in a savory kombu-garlic broth. 

This deeply savory Korean soup is always such a comfort. It’s traditionally made with beef, but when your broth is packed with hearty flavors and umami, you won’t miss the meat!

This vegan version of Korean radish soup is full of hearty daikon radish, bright green onions and plenty of antioxidant-rich garlic for good measure.

And if you love vegan soups like this, be sure to try my recipe for Vegan Dduk Guk, Korean Rice Cake Soup.

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How to Make Vegan Korean Radish Soup

Are you ready for a short and sweet ingredient list and recipe? This soup is fast and easy to make and always hits the spot when you’re looking for something warming that comes together in a pinch and in just one pot.


This soup is simple to make and doesn’t require many ingredients. It gets its incredible flavour from primarily radish! Here’s what you’ll need to pull together this simple and delicious Korean soup:

  • Korean radish. Also known as daikon, these are big, heavy white radishes with a mild flavor. They add heft to the soup and are the base for the broth flavour!
  • Kelp. Look for dried kombu sheets to flavor the broth in this soup. You can find them in many grocery stores and Asian stores for sure.
  • Green onion. This adds brightness to the bowl.
  • Soy sauce. I use gluten-free tamari to flavor this soup.
  • Sesame oil. You just need a bit of sesame oil to really bring the nutty, toasty flavor out.
  • Sesame seeds. For garnish and an extra dose of sesame flavor.

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Adding Vegan Protein to Mu Guk

To keep this recipe plant-based, I of course omitted the beef that’s in most traditional Korean recipes. However, if you’d like to give your radish soup a boost of protein while still keeping things vegan, you certainly can! Sauté your vegan “beef” alongside your radish.

Try adding:

  • Tofu
  • A vegan beef alternative
  • Seitan (if you’re not gluten-free)

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Make-Ahead Korean Radish Soup

You can easily use this recipe for a healthy meal prep. Simply prepare a big batch of the soup, let it cool then divide it between meal prep containers. The soup will stay fresh for up to four days in an airtight container in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready to eat, simply reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

You can even freeze the soup if you have leftovers. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months.

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Korean Radish Soup (Mu Guk)

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Korean radish soup is a healthy gluten-free vegan recipe with daikon, in a savory kombu broth made with green onion, garlic and sesame seeds.


Units Scale
  • 4 cups korean radish (daikon)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 6 cups water, or vegetable broth
  • 1 post-it note sized piece of kelp/dashi kombu
  • 1 dried shiitake mushroom
  • 3 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 tbsp gluten free soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper


  • vegan “beef” alternative*
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • fresh green onion, sliced


  1. Peel and slice your radish, then dice into triangle shapes.
  2. Bring a pot to medium high heat, add sesame oil and sauté radish for 2-3 minutes, until more translucent in colour. Next add green onions and sauté for another few minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Add your kombu piece, dried shiitake mushroom, garlic and then water or veggie broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 12-15 minutes, until radish is tender.
  4. Finally, ad soy sauce and salt to taste and let simmer for 3 minutes before serving.
  5. Garnish with sesame seeds, extra white or black pepper and fresh green onion.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Korean

Keywords: korean, vegan, soup, gluten free, korean radish soup, one pot soup, radish soup


Filed under: Eat, Gluten Free, Main Dishes

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BY Remy • September 20, 2021

Korean Radish Soup (Vegan Mu Guk)

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