Gomtang is a traditional soup that is enjoyed by many Koreans. In translation, gomtang literally means bear soup but in this case gom refers to the extensive boiling which depicts the hearty flavors and nutrients that this dish provides. It is commonly said that consuming this soup will provide excellent strength much like a bear.
Preparation for this soup requires great amount of time and energy. It consists of two separate boiling, once for preparation and again with the final content. Beef brisket, entrails, bones, and tripe are boiled together then the soup and meats are stored separately until required. All the ingredients are boiled together for the second time prior to serving. The final soup can contain couple of bones with a side of chopped green onions to be garnished along with salt and pepper to meet one's taste. Gomtang is best known to be eaten with kkakdugi or kimchi and rice can be included in the soup and eaten together as well as separately.