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While Kimchi Jjigae (Korean kimchi soup) is the most popular Korean soup dish, my personal favorite has always been the little sibling of it – Sundubu Jjigae, or the Korean Spicy Tofu Stew.

Sundubu Jjigae is often made with unpressed tofu, with onion, mushroom, and seafood or pork. It is a whole pot of goodness with everything you can ask for in terms of texture, taste, and nutrition, the only way to make this better is to have it at somewhere cold, like Genting or Cameron highland.

Here’s my way of making this dish, I use a Chinese clay pot for the purpose but you can easily use a normal pot for this.

Korean spicy tofu soup in a claypot
Korean spicy tofu soup in a clay pot

Ingredients for 2-3 pax:

  • a handful of seafood – prawns, scallops, or mussels (you can also use pork/chicken)
  • 2 tubes of tofu
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 an onion, sliced
  • a handful of tofu, sliced
  • 4-5 bulbs of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of kimchi (optional)
  • spring onion, chopped (optional)
  • gochujang – 1.5 tablespoon
  • cooking oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Korean chili powder – 1 teaspoon (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  • Heat up cooking oil and start frying garlic until slightly fragrant
  • add seafood, then onion & mushroom and stir for a minute
  • add soup stock or water and bring to boil
  • add kimchi, gochujang, and chili powder
  • boil the pot for the next 5-10 minutes until texture is to your liking
  • add tofu for the last minute
  • crack and egg and add spring onion just before serving

I use a claypot for this spicy tofu soup recipe
I use a claypot for this spicy tofu soup recipe

If you’re a fan of this dish, now you know how to make it at home! Pretty simple really and the only “special” ingredient is perhaps gochujang, but you can substitute for it as well.

Enjoy and happy cooking!

I haven’t had any Korean food this Corona lockdown period, so naturally it calls for a home made affair to satisfy the cravings. Since there’s no easy way to install an exhaust fan in the dining room to simulate that Korean BBQ experience, I thought kimchi jiggae (kimchi soup) should make a decent replacement, which it did!

So without further ado, here’s my homemade kimchi soup recipe, if you decide to DIY at home too.

kimchi soup homecooked

Ingredients:

  • 1000 ml soup stock – i used leftover pork bone soup
  • 3-4 bulb garlic
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 2-300 gram pork belly
  • 1-2 tube Japanese tofu
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 tablespoon Gochujang (Korean red chili paste)
  • 200 gram kimchi
  • spring onion & cilantro

Instructions:

  • heat up soup stock and add garlic and ginger
  • add pork and boil till pork is soft on low heat (depends on thickness, 20-40 mins)
  • add gochujang & kimchi, boil for another 10 mins
  • add spring onion, egg & tofu for the last 3 mins
  • serve with cilantro on top

Simple, wholesome, and great for rainy day, you can have this soup as is or with a bowl of steamed rice.

Check out more simple recipe here.