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 Home >> Korean Cuisine >> Budae-jjigae (Stew with ham, sausage & vegetables)
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Perfect Harmony : Korean Gochujang and Western Ham


Jjigae, a hot and spicy stew, is a perennial Korean favorite of which there are many varieties. Among the most popular Jjigae variations are Kimchi, fish, and oyster stews.

Jjigae, a hot and spicy stew, is a perennial Korean favorite of which there are many varieties.    Among the most popular Jjigae variations are Kimchi, fish, and oyster stews.

Budae Jjigae is one variety that was concocted during Korean War (19501953). At that time poor Korean people were forced to improvise on their traditional dishes with whatever food was at hand. They made a stew from Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) combined with sausage, ham and bacon that were leftover from US military ration boxes. 'Budae' in Korean means a military unit. Thus the name Budae Jjigae or 'military unit stew.'

Today Budae Jjigae is still enjoyed by hungry Korean diners, but it is no longer made with leftovers. Many fresh vegetables, ham, and sausage are cooked with Gochujang, and sometimes noodles are added as well.      

Because Budae Jjigae is usually cooked right at the table, customers cook it for as long as they like to get all the delicious flavors from the various meats and vegetables. The best way is to bring it to a boil on strong heat, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for a while.      

Recently, 'fusion food' has become a popular expression in Korea. Budae Jjigae is certainly the oldest fusion style dish in Korea.    Flavors from East and West create a harmonious new taste.    How about experiencing this delightful blend of East and West, old and new, by ordering Budae Jjigae next time you are out and about.
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