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Sundubi Jjigae

Sundubu Jjigae - Korean Soft Tofu Stew

Today, we’re diving into the heart and soul of Korean comfort food with a recipe that’s close to my heart – Sundubu Jjigae. This spicy and hearty soft tofu stew is like a warm hug for your taste buds, and trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked! So, let’s whip this delectable dish.

Sundubu Jjigae Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil (to sauce garlic & onion)
  • Diced onion 
  • Minced garlic 
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru (Korean chili powder)
  • 1 tbsp gochujang paste 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 2 cups soup stock
  • Kimchi
  • Zucchini
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Shrimp
  • Soft tofu 
  • Egg
  • Sesame oil (for garnishing)
  • Green onion (for garnishing)
  • Ground black pepper (for garnishing)

Sundubu Jjigae

How to make Sundubu Jjigae

  • Saute onion and minced garlic.
  • Add go gochugaru (Korean chili powder), gochujang paste, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir for a few minutes.
  • Add stock and cook until boil. 
  • Add kimchi, zucchini, mushrooms, shrimp, tofu and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Season to taste. Drop an egg and cover it with a lid. Poach it to your liking.
  • Garnish with green onion, black pepper, and sesame oil if desired. 
Sundubu Jjigae

Can you put noodles in Sundubu Jjigae?

Absolutely! For a noodle twist, consider adding glass noodles to your Sundubu Jjigae. Just soak them beforehand and toss them into the pot during the final minutes of cooking.

What does Sundubu taste like?

Sundubu Jjigae is a flavor bomb! Imagine a symphony of spice, umami, and a hint of sweetness, all in one comforting bowl.

Crack an egg into the stew, letting it poach to perfection.

How do you thicken your jjigae soup?

The secret is a slurry! Mix a bit of water with potato or cornstarch, and gradually add it to achieve your desired thickness.

Drizzle with sesame oil for that final touch of richness and garnish with sliced green onions and a pinch of ground black pepper.

Can you use regular tofu instead of the soft tofu?

While traditional Sundubu Jjigae calls for soft tofu, you can use regular tofu if that’s what you have on hand. Just adjust the cooking time to ensure it’s heated through.

There you have it – a steaming bowl of Sundubu Jjigae ready to transport you to Korean culinary bliss. 

Can you use different mushrooms other than Enoki mushrooms?

Yes, you can certainly switch things up. Here are some alternative mushrooms that work great in Sundubu Jjiage:

  • Shiitake Mushrooms: Known for their robust flavor, shiitake mushrooms add a meaty and earthy quality to the dish.
  • Oyster Mushrooms: These mushrooms have a delicate, mild flavor and a tender texture. 
  • Cremini Mushrooms: With a slightly deeper flavor than white button mushrooms, creminis offer a nice earthiness. 
  • Maitake Mushrooms: Also known as hen-of-the-woods, maitake mushrooms have a distinct, almost nutty flavor.


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