Daegu yukgaejang (Daegu-style spicy beef soup)
For over fifty years, Daegu has been the only place in Korea where rice and soup are usually eaten separately, whereas other regions customarily mix their rice and soup together. In Korean, "ttaro" means "separate" and "gukbap" means "soup and rice." Putting them together to form the Korean compound word "ttarogukbap," the meaning becomes "rice and soup served separately." This dish, which is only found in Daegu, is made with beef shank, leek, and radish cooked in a broth with plenty of red pepper powder and chopped garlic. It has an unrivaled aftertaste that is both spicy and refreshing. Its flavor is the epitome of Daegu's unique "spicy and burning" taste. In particular, during the Korean War, this dish was immensely popular among refugees who poured in from all over the nation. Ttarogukbap is unique in that it is a combination of gomguk (thick beef bone soup) and yukgaejang (spicy chopped beef soup with various other ingredients).