Kimchi Jjigae or Kimchi Stew is one of my favorite Korean foods to eat, no matter what season it is, I will never turn down this stew. It’s one of the most-loved of all the stews in Korean Cuisine. This dish is delicious, hearty, quick and easy, very healthy and you only need one pot to cook this! This stew is loaded with veggies and the fermented kimchi brings the body good probiotics to increase your immunity.
- 1 tablespoon – gochugaru, Korean chili flakes (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon – soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon – gochujang, Korean chili paste (optional, if you want it spicy)
- 2 – garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon – black pepper
- 1 tsp – vegetable bouillon, I used Better Than Bouillion (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon – sesame oil
- 1 cup – vegan kimchi, I used Nasoya Brand (see notes)
- 1/2 – onion, diced
- 1 ¼ cup – water (see notes)
- 1/2 – block of tofu, drained and cubed
- ½ of a large zucchini or 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1 stalk – green onions, thinly sliced
- In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the jjigae base. Korean chili flakes, soy sauce, gochujang, garlic, black pepper, vegetable broth paste. Set aside.
- Heat up a large saucepan on medium-high heat, and add the sesame oil. When the oil is hot, add in the kimchi and onions. Cook until the kimchi is soft and the onions are translucent.
- Add in the water, and bring it to a boil, turn down the heat to medium and add in the jjigae base. Mix in the water until fully incorporated.
- Add in the sliced zucchini and cubed tofu and continue to boil to allow the broth to thicken slightly. About 3 minutes.
- When you are ready to serve, pour in a separate bowl and top it off with green onions. Then serve with a side of rice, and enjoy!
- Gochugaru (Korean chili flakes) adds more flavor rather than heat. It’s very mild, so don’t skip this ingredient! You can find this and gochujang in your local Asian supermarkets!
- If you can’t find vegetable bouillon, you can replace the water with 1 ¼ cup of vegetable broth.
- Most kimchi are not vegan and have fish sauce in it, so just make sure you read the ingredients.
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