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Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae)

Kimchi Jigae

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Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae) Recipe

This recipe uses pork, but feel free to tweak it with your favourite ingredients. You may also do a short-cut version of this recipe using instant soup stock.

Serves: 2-4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


  • 300 grams boneless pork loin cubed
  • 300 grams kimchi preferably aged (including kimchi juice) cut to bite-sized lengths
  • 2 tbsp gochujang (Korean chilli paste)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder or substitute with 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 20-25 Korean large anchovies (myulchi) rinsed or substitute with 50 grams local anchovies (ikan bilis)
  • 1 litre water
  • 1/2 leek sliced thinly
  • 1/2 tsp gochugaru (Korean hot chilli pepper powder) to taste
  • 300 grams firm tofu cubed
  • fish sauce or light soy sauce to taste


  1. Marinade pork and kimchi with gochujang, sesame oil, garlic, Chinese wine and light soy sauce for at least half hour.
  2. In a soup pot, add anchovies (sealed in a disposable soup pouch), marinaded meat prepared in step 1, leeks and gochugaru. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add cubed tofu and simmer for another 8-10 minutes. Season to taste with fish sauce or light soy sauce.

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19 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.


  2. B — April 21, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

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


  3. Lizzie — May 20, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    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?



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

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


  5. Yvonne Zou — October 11, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    May I know what aged Kimchi you use? Where can I buy from? Can show the picture?


    • wiffy replied: — October 14th, 2016 @ 11:30 am

      Currently using the CJ brand. It’s available at NTUC (fridge).