Gochujang Jjigae - when’s the last time you’ve opened up that tub of gochujang paste?
Chances are - its been patiently waiting in the back of your refrigerator. Sitting all cold and lonely - having been scooped in a long while. (Enter sad K-drama soundtrack)
Today, we redeem ourselves - put it to use!
We will make Gochujang Jjigae (Jjigae is the Korean word for Stew). So, we're doing Gochujang Stew!
Now, I must mention that this Gochujang Jjigae is quite spicy – one of the more spicier dishes we've made on FutureDish.
So if you cant do spicy, skip this one 😬 (yes, as a content creator, not easy to say!)
In Korea, you'll find Gochujang Stew on menus at late-night dining bars in Korea. After a shot of soju, a spoonful of this spicy broth cuts beautifully. A Spicy Chaser if you will 🕺But beyond YOLO friday nights, I think this stew works just fine as a weekday dinner.
So, get that rice cooker going in the background. We'll need it. To eat this properly, add spoonfuls of the spicy, savory stew over the rice (like curry) and eat the two together.
If you try to eat this soup straight (without the rice), you'll start sweating through your clothes. That's nastaay. Behave yourself 🙈
Alrighty, are ya'll ready to cook? This is also one of those stews that tastes better the next day. Save the leftovers and see how much better the broth tastes the next day.
Cooking notes for Gochujang Jjigae:
To get deeper flavor in the broth, we will fry our gochujang paste in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil. This frying process removes that slightly-earthy after taste in gochujang.
Another key ingredient is Korean Anchovy Sauce. (But you can substitute with regular fish sauce too).
The Anchovy Sauce infuses a salty, deep-umami flavor to the broth.
Note: When you first add-in the fish sauce, you'll smell that fishy scent in the air. But give it 5-10 minutes to boil, and the smell will disappear.
For the protein, feel free to swap the beef with chicken or pork – slice them into thin bite-sized pieces as shown in the video.
If you’re vegetarian - slice up a block of firm Korean tofu. Also tastes great in this stew!
Important: Sample the broth AFTER you're turned off the heat and given it 10 minutes to cool down. If you sample the soup while its boiling away, the flavors will taste very sharp (and slightly off). The flavors come back together as the soup cools down in temperature.
Now after sampling, if the soup does taste slightly too salty or spicy - add in a few splashes of water.
Alrighty ya'll, I hope you enjoy'd it. If you make this delicious Gocujang Jjigae at home, tag us on IG. We enjoy scrolling through your pics in the morning!
-Daniel Out 🕺
P.s. If you're cooking (or eating alone) at home - don't get too lonely! Play our latest discussions in the background and enjoy some food-for-thought 🙉:
Fresh Ingredients for Stew
- 2 stalks of Spring Onion
- ½ a whole Onion
- 1 medium-sized Potato
- 150-200 grams of Beef Cut (Ribeye or Sirloin is good) (Or use Chicken, Pork or Tofu)
- Small handful of Oyster Mushrooms
- 2 Shiitake Mushrooms
- 2 Cheongyang Chili Pepper (Or use 1 Jalapeno)
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 4 Tablespoons Gochujang (Korean Red Chili Pepper Paste)
- 1 Tablespoon Gochugaru (Korean Red Chili Pepper Flakes)
- 2.5 Cups Water (Or use Anchovy-Kelp Broth)
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Soup Soy Sauce (Or use regular Soy Sauce too)
- 1 Tablespoon Anchovy Fish Sauce (Or use any fish sauce)
- Small handful of Spring Onion Slices
- 8-9 cracks of Black Pepper
Prep Fresh Ingredients for Stew
- Measure Gochujang (4 Tablespoons) and set it on a plate. Set it aside for later.
- Thinly slice the spring onion stalk (2 forearm-length pieces) into small round circles. Use the white portion of the stalk - as it will flavor the oil.
- Cut 1 whole potato into thin slices. Cut ½ an onion into thin slices. And cut the 2 chili peppers (or Jalapeno pepper) into very thin slices as well.
- Now cut your piece of beef (or other protein) into small thin slices.
- Cut the stem off the oyster mushrooms. Then separate them into individual pieces. Next, pull the stem off two Shiitake Mushrooms and slice each into thin pieces.
- Place vegetable oil (2 Tablespoons) and Sesame Oil (2 Tablespoons) into a large pot or wok. IMPORTANT - place the heat on a LOW HEAT! Once the oil is hot, add in the Gochujang (4 Tablespoons).
- Stir-fry the gochujang around for 45 seconds - 1 minute, or until the gochujang starts to sizzle and produce many bubbles in the oil. At this time, add in the Gochugaru (1 Tablespoon) and mix it in. Then immediately add-in 2.5 cups of water. Raise the heat to a MEDIUM-HIGH and bring it up to a boil.
- Once its boiling, add in the beef and potato slices. Next, add in the Minced Garlic (2 Tablespoons), Soup Soy Sauce (2 Tablespoons), Fish Sauce (1 Tablespoon).
- Give it 5 minutes to boil - the fish sauce smell will evaporate as it simmers away. After 5 minutes, the potatoes should start to get soft.
- Now, add in the Diced Onions, Oyster mushrooms (handful), Sliced Shiitake Mushroom, and Sliced Green Chili Peppers.
- Wait until the pot comes up to a boil. Then boil for another 7-10 minutes.
- After 7-10 minutes of boiling, check on the stew - give the potatoes a poke with your chopsticks. It should go through easily./
- Now add in some of the diced spring onion. And finish off with 8-10 cracks of Black Pepper. Turn off the heat and let the stew rest for 10 minutes. This way all, the flavor comes together.
- After 10 minutes of resting, give the stew a taste. If it tastes slightly too salty, you can dilute with a few splashes of water.
- Get a bowl of fresh hot rice and place a few scoopful of your Gochujang Stew. Mix the two together and take a bite!
- Bon Appetit ya'll!