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Cheonggukjang Stew | 청국장

Servings: 4 people


  • 1 handful of Dapae Samgyeopsal (대패삼겹살) 100-150 grams of Thinly Sliced Pork Belly (or use beef)
  • 125 grams of Cheonggukjang (청국장)
  • 2.5 Cups Anchovy-Kelp Broth (or use Rice Water 쌀뜨물)
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon(!) Gochugaru Flakes
  • ½ whole Onion
  • ½ Block Firm Tofu (150 grams)
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons Doenjang Paste
  • ½ Cup Aged Kimchi (or use Stir-Fried Kimchi)
  • ½ a whole Cheongyang Chili Pepper (or ½ a Jalapeno Pepper)


Prep Ingredients

  • Dice ½ an onion into bite-sized pieces.
  • Dice ½ a block of firm tofu (150 grams) into bite-sized cubes.
  • Slice ½ a Cheongyang Chili Pepper into thin slices.

Stir-fry Ingredients

  • Take out a pot. Add-in just a dash of vegetable oil. Place it on medium-heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in a handful (~100 grams) of thinly sliced pork belly (or beef slices).
  • Then add in 2 heaping Tablespoons of Doenjang Paste.
  • Then add in ½ Cup of Stir-Fried Kimchi (or Aged Kimchi).
  • Make sure the heat is on medium. Stir-fry everything for 1-2 minutes (or until the pink in the meat is gone).

Add Broth and Make Stew

  • Then add in 2.5 cups (625 ml) of Anchovy-Kelp Broth (or Rice Water).
  • Once the stew comes to a boil, add in the chopped onions + tofu cubes.
  • Next, add in the minced garlic (4 cloves worth).
  • Set a timer for 5 minutes ... and let it all boil together.
  • After 5 minutes, add in the block of Cheonggukjang (~120g).
  • Carefully stir the block into the stew and break it up - so there's no clumps.
  • Once it's well-mixed, add in the sliced Cheongyang Chili Peppers.
  • Now, add in the Gochugaru Flakes (1 teaspoon!) - this will bring an appetizing red tint to the stew.
  • Reduce the heat to a low - and let the stew boil together for another 5 minutes. (This final 5 minutes is when all the flavors come together).
  • After 5 minutes, turn off the heat. The stew is ready!
  • Give it a taste - and if it's slightly salty, add in a dash of water.
  • Make sure to serve the stew with a bowl of freshly cooked rice.
  • Bon Appetit!