Monday, September 10, 2012

kimchee jjigae (woo family style)

We love Kimchee jjigae! But if any Korean people eat our kimchee jjigae, they probably say it's not authentic kimchee jjigae. We put a lot of things in the stew - our favorite ingredient is SPAM. I moved to a very cold state, so we will be eating a lot of this in the winter (and other soups, too.) What is your kimchee jjigae like? Please share with me your version of kimchee soup. :)


Kimchee (cabbage) - 1 cup
Kimchee (raddish) - 1 cup

Water - 5-6 cups
Miso - 1.5 TBS (**see TIPS)
Kojujyan (Korean chili paste) - 1.5 TBS
Garlic - 2 cloves (crushed)
Sugar - 1 TBS
Soy sauce - 2 tsp

Carrots - 2 small (thin slices)
Onion - 1 small (sliced)
Bacon - 3 slices (cut in 1 inch piece)Shiitake mushroom - 6 (sliced)
SPAM - as much as you like (cut in dice)
Chapchae noodle or instant noodle - 1 bundle (**see TIPS)
Tofu (silken/soft) - 1 packet
Green onion - 2 stalks (chopped)
Spinach - 3 cups (or 1 bunch)

[Chicken/pork meatball]

Ground chicken - 1 cup
Ground pork - 1 cup
Onion - 1/2 small (diced)
Garlic - 1 clove (minced)
Panko (breadcrumbs) - 1/3 cup
Egg white - 1
Pepper & salt - 1 tsp each
Soy sauce - 2 tsp
Carrots (optional) - 1/2 small (diced)


  1. Cut all ingredients and set is aside.
  2. Cook chapchae noodle according to packet. Drain & rince.
  3. [Meatball] Mix all ingredients under meatball. Make 1 inch ball (toss the ball back and forth using your hands)
Mix all ingredients - use your hands and mix well!
Chapchae noodle


  1. In about 4-quart pot, bring water, garlic, miso, and kojujyan to boil. 
  2. Add in Kimchee (both kinds), carrots and onion. Boil for 5 minutes. 
  3. Lower the heat and add in SPAM, Bacon, Meatball and shiitake. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add in sugar and mix well. Taste the soup and adjust if needed (too salty? add in more water). Simmer for 10 more minutes.
  5. If you're happy with the taste, add in tofu, noodle, green onion and spinach. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. 

As you can see, the previous pot was too small to fit everything! :)


  1. It goes perfectly with hot short-grain (Japanese/Calrose) rice. 


  • If you like more kimchee taste, add dashi instead of miso. Miso makes the taste mild. 
  • You can use Korean instant noodle or udon instead of chapchae noodle.
  • Use a bigger pot - when you add all the ingredients, the pot gets very full.


  1. Wow! Your kimchee soup is packed with stuff! I'm glad to see you can find asian food stuff there. Hehe :) Miss you guys!!