Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae)
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Kimchi soup (Kimchi Jigae/Kimchi Chigae/김치 찌개) is a popular spicy Korean stew which is sure to whet your appetite if you love hot and slightly sour soups.
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I learned to cook this dish from watching Running Man, my favourite Korean variety show. In one of the episodes, Running Man Gary had a fake mission to buy ingredients for kimchi soup, so he asked the locals at market what are the four key ingredients for making it. Thanks to the show, I learned that other than kimchi, Koreans also typically add pork, anchovies, scallions and tofu to their kimchi soup. After I successfully learned to cook this soup, we now have it for dinner at least once a week as it makes for a fast, easy and satisfying meal. This recipe uses pork, but feel free to tweak it with your favourite or leftover ingredients.
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|Cut boneless pork loin to bite-sized cubes.|
|Marinade pork with gochujiang, sesame oil, garlic powder (or minced garlic), Chinese wine and light soy sauce.|
|Add cut kimchi (including kimchi juice found in the packaging) to the pork mixture. Marinade for at least half an hour.|
|Placed anchovies in a disposable soup pouch with 1 litre of water. Bring to a boil.|
|Add marinated meat, leeks & gochujang. Simmer for 10 minutes.|
|Add tofu and simmer for another 8-10 minutes. Season kimchi soup with soy sauce and/or fish sauce to taste. Garnish with spring onions or parsley before serving.|
Sounds & looks amazing! I absolutely must try this (with chicken instead as I don’t eat read meat)… I have never tried kimichi before although I suspect it is similar to Polish sour cabbage.
Yum! I love it but not my family. So now I just add the kimchi into my instant ramen. :D They are strange, they like kimchi fried rice, kimchi pancake, kimchi in ramen but not the kimchi and kimchi soup.
I better start getting myself some gochujiang if not I cannot make authentic Korean food – esp. those that look chili “red” and authentic.
You totally have to – there’s so many dishes you can make with gochujiang!
Your kimchi Jigae looks very appetising. This stew is definitely addictive! It’s a coincidence that I made this too for dinner last night- using my leftover homemade kimchi.
Looks so satisfying, Wiffy! Add some tang hoon for a complete meal :)
I add Korean “Jap Chae” noodles (a thicker version of our tang hoon) sometimes. Other times I serve it with multi-grain or short-grain rice :)
Beautiful! You always have the most creative ideas and combinations for your recipes!
It looks so yummy. Perfect for a quick dinner fix
Looks very tasty…I yet have to make dishes using kimchi.
Have a great weekend :)
Drfinitely a soup for the husband. he would love this. Looks great.
Looks really amazing. Haven’t cooked much Korean food before, but this blog seems like a great source of inspiration and ideas on how to introduce korean food to my newly started blog. Love korean food,