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Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae)

   

Kimchi Soup

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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. 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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Step-by-Step
cubed pork loin Cut boneless pork loin to bite-sized cubes.
marinade Marinade pork with gochujiang, sesame oil, garlic powder (or minced garlic), Chinese wine and light soy sauce.
marinade Add cut kimchi (including kimchi juice found in the packaging) to the pork mixture. Marinade for at least half an hour.
anchovy stock Placed anchovies in a disposable soup pouch with 1 litre of water. Bring to a boil.
simmering kimchi soup Add marinated meat, leeks & gochujang. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Kimchi Soup 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.
                                           

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17 Responses to “Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae)”

  1. MaryMoh — April 17, 2013 @ 5:36 am

    I will drink a big bowl of this :D I love kimchi no matter how you prepare it. Yours looks very delicious….mmmm. Remind me to make kimchi again.

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  2. B — April 21, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    Never get tired of eating this as it’s full of flavour and delicious ingredients.

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  3. Lizzie — May 20, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Hi!
    This looks simply delicious I so want to do it today but I have already cooked vegetable soup for dinner.
    May I know where do u usually get the disposable soup pouch?

    Lizzie

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  4. Jessie — February 24, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    Can replace gochujang with some other ingredient ? If not where to buy them?

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