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. :)
Ingredients: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)
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)
- Cut all ingredients and set is aside.
- Cook chapchae noodle according to packet. Drain & rince.
- [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!|
- In about 4-quart pot, bring water, garlic, miso, and kojujyan to boil.
- Add in Kimchee (both kinds), carrots and onion. Boil for 5 minutes.
- Lower the heat and add in SPAM, Bacon, Meatball and shiitake. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add in sugar and mix well. Taste the soup and adjust if needed (too salty? add in more water). Simmer for 10 more minutes.
- 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! :)|
- 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.