Our Korean Army Stew (Budae Jjigae)

In my kitchen

Saw a picture of friend’s Korean Army Stew in her facebook and we decided to give it a try 😀 It’s similar to our usual steamboat, very simple to prepare. Not sure how it’s compared to those served in restaurant, but boyfriend and I certainly love our version.

The dish originated during the Korean War, and was popular for a time afterwards, when people had little to eat. People made this dish by combining leftover Spam and hot dogs from U.S. Army facilities with whatever else was available. ~ wikipedia

Wahahaha…my apologies, my photos doesn’t really look appetizing. But it’s really yummy! Besides Spam, Hotdogs, I think wen can just place whatever we like in it? After some recipes researched, the few common ingredients includes Cabbage, Kimchi, Baked Beans, Mushrooms, etc. Hm…I’m not a fan of other mushrooms except golden mushrooms :p And my soup was very simple too – boiled the ikan bilis and water 😀

Korean Army StewWahaha…sorry for the ugly arrangements :p

Korean Army Stew

Should have taken a pic of it fully cooked :p We also added a slice of cheese in.

Our version of Korean Army Stew
Cuisine: Korean
Serves: 2 - 3
  • 1 pot of water
  • 1 handful Ikan Bilis (anchovy)
  • 3 tbsp gochujang (chilli soy paste)
  • 1 can of baked beans
  • ½ can of SPAM
  • 1 pkt of golden mushroom
  • 1 pkt of Pork Belly
  • 3 sausages, sliced
  • 1 pkt of Kimchi
  • 1 pkt of Tofu
  • 1 pkt Shin Ramen
  • 1 pkt udon (because I love udon :p)
  • cheese slice
  • prawns
  • vegetables (couldn't find cabbage in NTUC that day)
  1. In a soup pot, bring the anchovy stock to a boil.
  2. Add the chili paste into the boiling stock and stir.
  3. Arrange the ingredients (except cheese, udon and ramen) nicely in the pot (wahaha...I tried to)
  4. Add the prepared soup base into the pot, simmer for about 10 minutes to cook all the ingredients.
  5. Add ramen and udon; simmer for another 3mins.
  6. Add cheese and it's ready to eat after it melts!


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