January 12, 2019

All-the-Processed-Foods Stew

Happy New Year! I'm currently cozy under a warm blanket and enjoying a snow day here in KC. I have plans to make cookies soon and am going to enjoy a day of cable movies and might even channel flip to an important KC football game this afternoon.

I'm still getting used to living in a city with winter after having been spoiled for three years living in the South prior to moving to KC. But cold weather equals soup weather! And this Korean stew with all the processed foods is delicious and comforting on a chilly day.
Budae jjigae, also know as Army Base stew, is a spicy stew filled with hot dogs, spam, maybe even some Vienna sausages, ramen noodles, rice cakes, tofu and some vegetables. It was birthed after the Korean War when food was scarce and there was a surplus of canned goods. Since Koreans are very resourceful, they found a way to use the canned meats to create a tasty dish.

The Recipe: Budae Jjigae from My Korean Kitchen. This recipe uses store-bought chicken broth to speed up the process of cooking it. The add-ins are flexible but I find that ramen noodles, spam, hot dogs and tofu are a must. I'd be interested in trying it with cheese one day.

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