🏠 | Korean Stew Budae Jjigae

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Despite the hot humid weather these days (seriously, WTF?) I've been craving some budae jjigae (boo-day jee-gae) . For those of you who don't know what that is, it's the army based stew that originated from right after the Korean War, when food was very scarce. Simply put, it's a bunch of spam, hot dogs, veggies and gojuchang paste. It's definitely one of the easier Korean foods to make, since it's just a matter of slicing and dicing. Then you stack everything, turn on the fire, and you're good to go.

The ingredients/recipe below was inspired by Maangchi, a very talented Korean cook on YouTube.

INGREDIENTS

For the anchovy broth:

  • 6-8 dried anchovies
  • 8 cups of water

For the seasoning paste:

  • 1 tbsp Gochujang paste
  • 2 tbsp hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced

For the stew:

  • spam, thinly sliced
  • hot dogs, thinly sliced
  • tofu, thinly sliced
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 pack of instant ramen
  • mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp of canned beans
  • other foods include: vegetables and other meats that you like

INSTRUCTIONS

For the anchovy broth:

  1. De-head the anchovies and remove the guts.
  2. Add the anchovies to the water and boil for 20 minutes without capping the pot. This will release the fishy flavor.

For the seasoning paste:

  1. Combine and mix well.

For the stew:

  1. Arrange the ingredients however you'd like, except for the ramen. For ideas, take a look at our video or the picture below.
  2. Add the anchovy broth.
  3. Add the seasoning paste.
  4. Once at a boil, add the ramen.
  5. Eat as it cooks!