Kimchi Stew (Kimchi jjigae)

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Winter weather can really get to me sometimes. I would find myself waddling around the apartment in a heavy fleece robe and thick winter socks, and still feeling a little bit chilly. Here’s a dish that’s perfect for minus degree weather. This recipe is from my roommate. This is a Korean dish that is easy to make and will definitely leave you sweating profusely after consumption.

Kimchi Stew (Kimchi jjigae)


  • Kimchi, a whole lot
  • 2-3 slices of SPAM, cut into ~2 inch lengths (Optional)

  • Half an onion, sliced
  • 3 Scallions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • Salt

1. In a medium sized pot, add the kimchi and set the stove to a medium heat. The kimchi used here was actually homemade and has been fermented for an extended time. It is preferred to use older kimchi for this stew because it makes the dish more flavorful.

2. Pour enough water so that the kimchi is just about submerged. Add the chopped onion, scallions, red chili powder, onion powder, and minced garlic. Sprinkle some salt. Feel free to play around will the proportions and adjust to taste. Stir the contents well and let it simmer.

3. Once the mixture heats to a consistent boil, add the pieces of SPAM. Let it simmer under medium low heat for another 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.

Here’s what it looks like when the kimchi stew is ready.

Serve with a bowl of white rice.

This dish is so delicious! Hot and spicy! I’m normally not a big fan of processed meats like SPAM. I have become semi health conscious and try to avoid foods like that. However, it’s goes perfect in this stew. (A little SPAM wouldn’t hurt.) Of course, it’s optional and this stew is just as good without the SPAM. This dish totally warms up your body and leaves you in a nice sweat. Highly recommended for those cold, winter days.

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