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Korean Soybean Paste Stew (Doenjang Jjigae)

Recently, I just watched Gourmet, a 2008 Korean drama about a famous fictional traditional Korean restaurant. If you love cooking, you will fall in love with this show as it introduced many famous and beautifully presented Korean dishes. It’s a joy to see the “chefs” in action.

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Korean Soybean Paste (Doenjang)

From the show, I learnt that soybean paste stew (Doenjang Jjigae) is a staple in Korean cuisine. It is made with Korean soybean paste (doenjang), and just like Japanese miso soup, it is very easy to make. I used leftover Shabu Shabu ingredients which is just perfect for making this stew.

Doenjang Jjigae Recipe

The doenjang jjigae in this recipe is a meatless version, but feel free to add chicken, pork or beef as you like.

13 comments on “Korean Soybean Paste Stew (Doenjang Jjigae)”

  1. yum yum ! love to eat it by pouring a bowl of rice to soak the soup just whets my appetite !

  2. Does the word “jjigae” means stew? Yay for meatless recipes!! Hehe. So the Koreans, Japanese and Chinese do like soybean paste a lot heh :)

  3. I like this! Almost like a mini hotpot for one! :) Need to go to Korean grocery store one day and stock up all the Korean ingredients.

    Or may be I can use miso which I have? But then not Korean and authentic anymore? :P

    • yes can use miso to make this a Japanese nabe. Though I think you should try out the Korean soybean paste one day, you will like it!

  4. I like this korean drama too. Watched it many times especially the competition in the show.

    • hi 5! I really like the male lead in this show, Kim Rae Won. Can tell from the show (the camera purposely took a long shot of him whenever he’s cutting) that he is a really good cook in real life.

  5. Looks comforting and delicious, so great for this cold winter weather here.

  6. I was enjoying a similar stew the other day, having Korean soy bean paste (like using it for steaming fishes too) and most ingredients available from fridge.. Very convenient indeed!

  7. Flavourful and delicious soup!

  8. hi, may i know if korean doenjang is the same as chinese taucheou? thanks!

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