As you all know I love to cook and I love to eat even more. I love Korean food because it is usually very spicy and they have rice with almost everything, which reminds me of Reunion Island a lot. It’s also quite healthy, I remember eating twice as much in Korea, abut oddly enough I was loosing weight!
This time I’d like to share a recipe I tried last Sunday. It’s called Kimchi-Jjigae (김치찌개) and it’s one of the dishes I really loved when I was in Seoul and that I like to have whenever I go to a Korean restaurant. It’s feels homy as it is a hotpot that you usually have with a bowl of rice.
Turns out, it’s also very simple to make!!
I found the recipe online, on Maangchi.com. I recommend the website if you like to cook as there are tons of korean recipes, very detailed, sometimes she even makes a video, and she usually gives you some good alternatives if you are a vegetarian and want to try Korean food!
Maangchi, if you read this: Thank you!!
Can we please take a moment to appreciate the great Doctor Who apron I got for my birthday?
So here’s the simple recipe from Maangchi, I replaced the pork meat with a can of tuna and it is as good as I remember. Here’s what you need for the vegetarian version:
You can personalize it to your taste, for example she uses half an onion and soft tofu but I put one onion and I prefer to have firm tofu instead of soft so…the rebel in me replace those…
1) Chop the Kimchi and place it in a shallow pot (or in a wok like me because I don’t have a shallow pot…). Add the juice from the Kimchi to it that will be the base of your broth.
2) Add everything else to it (sliced onion,1 table spoon of Gochujang, 1 table spoon of hot pepper flakes, 1 of white sugar, the chopped green onions, and your can of tuna)
3) Add cool water until it covers everything in the pot/wok and stir everything a bit.
4) Close the lid and start cooking: 10 minutes at high heat to boil, then lower to medium and leave to cook another 20 minutes.
5) Slice the tofu and add it to the pot/wok. Cook for another 5 minutes with the lid on.
6) When it’s cooked, add some sesame oil to flavour it and mix it a bit before serving!
You can put the pot in the middle of the table so everybody can fill their own bowl and serve a side of white rice to go with it. Usually in Korea you have a lot of small side dishes with every meal but Kimchi-jjigae can be an exception.
My roomates loved it even though they choked a bit on the spices at first xD
Enjoy and if you try the recipe share it with Maangchi on her website!!
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