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Korean Kimchi Jigeh Stew Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Korean Kimchi Jigeh Stew

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"A favorite in the dorms, this easy to prepare soup is the spicy college counterpart to the bowl of instant noodles. It is delicious served with cooked rice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. In a large pot, stir together the water, kim chee, reserved kim chee brine, Spam, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Simmer, for 20 minutes or until the kim chee cabbage is translucent and soft.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 06, 2007

This is a great dish to be served with rice as well as other korean sides. One of my fav. dishes to make.... I was always taught a diff. recipe as all recipes differ from family to family. I suggest adding some beef bouilon or chicken... adds a great deal of flavor.... if you don't like to use spam you could use tuna or my fave. cubed pieces of pork or my mom would always find these pork things on bones...but were tiny...not sure if they were ribs or not. but very yummy! you can add any meat to your liking.... just needs to be cooked till the meat is cooked all the way through.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2007

For a more authentic flavor: I add a copule more ingredients. Use pork stew meat and cook it with a lil bit of olive oil, fresh grated ginger, chopped up garlic, jalapeno and green onion (i love garlic and jalapenos so I use a lot of it. approx 5-6 peppers and 5-6 cloves of garlic). Then I add the kimchi and kimchi brine. Also, instead of using water I use chicken broth. When it's almost done I chop up tofu and throw it in the pot. Let it boil for a couple of minutes and it's all done and delicious! (I use the medium tofu - not the soft or hard)

Oct 16, 2008

I like to make Kimchi jigeh stew, but I always do in a different way. First of all, I add more vegetables, such as carrots, onions, green onions, bean sprouts, mushrooms and tofu. I usually use sliced pork meat or substitute knnyaku (Which is a Japanese vegetarian ingredient) for meat. Then, I taste the soup with Korean spicy paste (e.g. gochu jang) and miso paste. Don't forget adding minced ginger and garlic. This gives a great flavor to the soup.

Feb 03, 2009

This was a great soup! I used 1/3 of a 16oz jar of Kimchi, 2 cups of water, 1 Tbl chili powder, a clove of crushed garlic, and cubed smoked tofu. Didn't bother adding salt or pepper.

Feb 17, 2010

This recipe required too much adjustment. I used all of the ingredients except salt, added Kimchi I purchased from the local Korean market with some cooked pork belly. These additions gave it a great taste. Use soup broth instead of water and green onions.

Nov 19, 2008

Really easy and quick. I add couple cloves of garlic and onions, and sometimes add instant noodles (esp. neoguri ramen) at the end :) I also probably put about 4 cups of kimchi.. the more the better :)

Oct 23, 2007

I just finished making this and I rated it with 4 stars instead of 5 only because I went with the previous reviewer and added broth instead of water so I don't know how it would taste with water. I added veggie broth only because that was what I had on hand and let me tell you, yummmmy!!! My Korean step-mom use to make this all the time and I never realized how easy it was... Thanks for sharing this recipe....

Jul 21, 2008

Thin pork chops work really well. Also, my mom used to use cut up hot dogs when we were little. Try adding a touch of sugar too, taste better with a little sweetness. Always a family favorite!


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  • Calories
  • 303 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 24.1 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 13.7 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 2064 mg
  • 83%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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