How to Make Delicious Kimchi Jjigae - Popular Korean Dish


Kimchi jjigae

Kimchi Jigae is a delicious Korean stew made with fermented kimchi and other ingredients. It's known for its rich and spicy flavor. Here's a traditional recipe for Kimchi Jigae along with the ingredients and cooking instructions:

- 2 cups of well-fermented kimchi
- 200 grams of pork belly or pork shoulder (you can also use beef or tofu as a vegetarian alternative)
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon of gochujang (Korean red chili paste)
- 1 tablespoon of gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes)
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 2 cups of vegetable or beef broth
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional, to balance the flavors)
- Salt to taste
- 2 green onions, chopped (for garnish)
- Sesame seeds (for garnish)

1. Heat a large pot or a deep skillet over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil.
2. Once the oil is hot, add the pork belly or pork shoulder and sauté until it starts to brown.
3. Add the sliced onion and minced garlic to the pot and continue sautéing until the onion becomes translucent.
4. Next, add the kimchi to the pot and stir everything together. Let it cook for a few minutes to release the flavors.
5. In a small bowl, mix the gochujang, gochugaru, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add this mixture to the pot and stir well to coat the ingredients evenly.
6. Pour the vegetable or beef broth along with the water into the pot. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil.
7. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the stew simmer for about 15-20 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together and the kimchi to become tender.
8. Taste the stew and if it's too spicy, you can add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the flavors. Adjust the salt if needed.
9. Once the stew is cooked and the flavors have developed, it's ready to serve. Ladle it into bowls and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
10. Kimchi Jigae is typically enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice.

That's it! You've successfully cooked a flavorful Kimchi Jigae. Enjoy your meal!