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Korean Army Stew Budae jjigae
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Budae jjigae - A recipe from The Korean War

A dish that comes from the Korean War. We mix American sausage and baked beans with Korean spice and broth. 
Course: Medium
Servings: 2 people



  • Dried medium-sized anchovies - 10
  • Dashima - iphone-sized piece
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Korean radish - 200 grams

Spicy Marinade

  • Soup soy sauce - 1 Tablespoon
  • Gochujang Korean red chili paste - 1 Tablespoon
  • Gochugaru Korean red chili flakes - 2 Tablespoon
  • Mirin - 1 Tablespoon
  • Minced garlic - 1 Teaspoon
  • Black pepper - couple shakes

Pot Ingredients

  • Spam - 200 grams
  • Sausages - 2
  • Baked beans - 3 Tablespoons
  • Shiitake mushrooms - 4
  • Onion - 1
  • Tofu - 1 block
  • Kimchi - ½ cup
  • Ramen noodles - 1
  • Spring onion - 10
  • Salt - few shakes


Anchovy Stock

  • Take out the black innards from the dried anchovies (as show in the video) and place in a frying pan.
  • Put frying pan on a high heat. Once it is hot, place anchovies in (without oil) and mix around for 20-30 seconds with a spatula.
  • Then pour 4 cups of water into the pan. Then place in dashima and Korean radish. After water comes to boil, reduce to medium heat and let broth cook on a gentle simmer for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, take out dashima pieces.
  • Let the rest of broth cook for another 10 minutes. Then drain the broth. Set aside.

Make Marinade

  • Mix all of the ingredients listed under 'Spicy Marinade' in a mixing bowl.
  • Prep Pot
  • Cut spam, sausage, mushroom, tofu, kimchi, spring onion into pieces and place them into a large frying pan. Then drop in three tablespoons of baked beans as well into the pan.
  • Finally, place the spicy marinade on top.

Cook Stew

  • When you are ready to eat, pour stock broth into the pot. Put it on a high heat.
  • Once it comes to a boil, let the broth and ingredients cook for 10 minutes. Use a soup ladle and mix the soup around a few times.
  • After 10 minutes of boiling, taste the soup and add a few shakes of salt (to taste).
  • Then place the ramen noodles in. Once the ramen noodles are ready, reduce the heat to a low. Eat the ramen first - before they turn soggy.
  • Then eat the stew, alongside a bowl of hot rice!


  • After you pour the broth into the pot, bring it up to boil and give it at least 10 minutes to boil. The broth needs some time to develop a deep flavor from all of the ingredients.
  • If it is hard to find anchovy and kelp in your area, use store-bought chicken stock. Mix 2 cups water with 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • Watch video for more detail