Budae Jjigae a.k.a Korean Army Base Stew

Guys! Feels like a decade for waiting to eat or cook this. Yet, it turns out ‘I cooked first’ , luckily.



Short story.

Budae is a term for a military base in Korean and Jjigae is a term for stew. Budae Jjigae is a thick Korean soup similar to a Western stew. Soon after the Korean War, food was scarce in Seoul, South Korea. Some people made use of surplus foods from U.S. military bases around the Uijeongbu area, Pyeongtaek area or Munsan area; such as hot dogs, spam, or ham, and incorporated them into a traditional spicy soup flavored with gochujang (red chili paste) and kimchi. You can read more about it here.

This is my first Korean cuisine self-cook, that’s why..  I did look much excited and lustful than anyone (my first korean dish experience, how can i didn’t).

Budae jjigae is virtually one of the most well-known dish in South Korea. Who doesn’t know this food, to Korean or even most Asians who love every single thing about ‘Korea’. They certainly familiar with it. It’s hard to find, in my town especially, it’s only available at Korean food stores which is quite limited. Thus, you got 2 choices. Order at the store or make it by yourself.

Then what the good news is, that gochujang paste is now available at some markets and I finally found it! I’ve been long time wondering to cook Budae Jjigae. So, I picked one to my shopping cart without rethink. Next step, i thought to find the other ingredients and making it soon after my university assignments’ were done.

And i got the time to cook it. I cooked with my sister anyway. Hope you enjoy!





For Soup :

  • 350ml chicken stock

For Sauce :

  • 1 Tbsp miced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Korean Chili paste (Gochujang)
  • 1 Tbsp Korean Chili flakes (Gochugaru) (but since i dont have, i used Chili powder)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper

For Stew :

  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 sausages
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 Japanese tofu
  • 100gr Champignon mushrooms
  • Shrimps (optional)
  • Instant noodles (i used one)
  • slices of mozzarella cheese

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