Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)
It’s about time for some sizzling, comforting stew, isn’t it? How about sundubu-jjigae? It’s hot, spicy, filling, comforting, delicious, soft tofu stew and has many reasons to be one of the most popular items in Korean restaurants.
- 8 large dried anchovies, heads and guts removed
- 5 ounces of radish, peeled, washed, and sliced thinly
- dried kelp (6 x 4 inch piece)
- 2 tablespoons hot pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup pork belly (or any cut of pork: 2.5 ounces), cut into small pieces
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 green onion, chopped
- ½ cup well-fermented kimchi (4 ounces), chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 tube of soft tofu (sundubu)
- 1 egg
Make anchovy kelp stock (myeolchi dasima yuksu):
Put dried anchovies, radish, dried kelp, and 4 cups of water in a pot. Cover and boil over medium high heat for 10 minutes until it starts boiling.
Reduce the heat to low and boil another 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and strain. It will make about 2 cups of stock.
Make the spicy paste:
Combine the hot pepper flakes and the sesame oil in a small bowl and mix well.
Put it all together:
Heat up a 3 cup earthenware pot (ttukbaegi) on the stove over medium high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes. If you use a small heavy pan or pot, it will take less.
Add the vegetable oil, onion, and garlic. Stir it with a wooden spoon for 1 minute.
Add the pork. Stir for 3 minutes until the pork is no longer pink.
Add kimchi and keep stirring for a minute. Add ½ cup anchovy stock. Cover and cook for 7 minutes over medium heat.
Add the salt and the sugar and mix well.
Cut the tube of soft tofu into half and squeeze it out into the pot. Gently break up the tofu with a wooden spoon. If you want, add a few tablespoons of stock.
Put the hot pepper mixture on top and spread it with the spoon."
Sprinkle with the chopped green onion and serve with rice and a few more side dishes.