Kimchi Jjigae (Korean Kimchi Soup)
40 mins (prep 30, cooking 10)
18 ingredients
2 servings
{Don't be afraid of the steps/ingredients! It's really quite easy.} A delectable, SPICY traditional soup full of kimchi, tofu, veggies, and pork (but can be made vegetarian). My absolute favorite Korean dish of all time; I can eat it 24/7! Kimchi is available at Asian markets; I recommend buying the homemade variety wherever possible. If you buy a shelf-bottled kimchi (non-refrigerated), or your fresh kimchi has just been made (i.e. newer than 2-3 weeks), you should add a couple of teaspoons of white vinegar to your kimchi, stir and let it sit 10 mins, and then chop it up for use. The vinegar acts as an instant fermenter and will make it taste a LOT better. Don't skip this step, trust me :) Also, the chili flakes and paste should be the true Korean variety; the Chinese, Thai or regular cayenne pepper will not work. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions! I have adjusted this recipe over time-Koreans don't use recipes (frustrating!)-to suit my taste. DH loves it too. Beware though, it's truly Korean in that it's very spicy for most. For more detailed step-by-step instructions, including pictures, please mail me and I can send them to you.

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Serving Size (369.88 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 162.35 Calories from Fat 60.84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.76g 20.8%
Saturated Fat 1.18g 11.82%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 572.36mg 47.7%
Total Carbohydrate 18.03g 12.02%
Dietary Fiber 6.36 g 50.88%
Sugars 0.9 g %
Protein 14.27g 57.1%
Vitamin A 226.75IU% Vitamin C 0.75mg%
Calcium 540.46mg% Iron 9.18mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
pork loin, rice wine, anaheim, green chili, chili flakes, chili paste, minced garlic