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Alternative namesKimchi stew
Place of originKorea
Main ingredientsKimchi
Korean name
Revised Romanizationgimchi-jjigae

Kimchi-jjigae[1] (Korean김치찌개) or kimchi stew[1] is a jjigae, or stew-like Korean dish, made with kimchi and other ingredients, such as pork, scallions, onions, and diced tofu. It is one of the most common stews in Korean cuisine.


Kimchi existed as a non-spicy pickled vegetable dish well prior to the Joseon era (1392–1897); it was not until the introduction of chili peppers to the Korean peninsula mid-era that the variant of kimchi which has become the de facto standard of today was created. Kimchi-jjigae is assumed to have developed around this time as well.[2]

Preparation and serving[edit]

Kimchi's flavor as an ingredient becomes stronger and more complex as it ages.[3] As a result, kimchi-jjigae is often cooked using older, more fermented, and "riper" kimchi, which has a much more pronounced flavor and contains higher amounts of probiotics.[4] (Living bacteria in fresh, uncooked kimchi will not survive the cooking process.) As kimchi is the core ingredient in kimchi-jjigae, other ingredients are dependent on personal preference.

Sliced kimchi is put into a pot with the meat of choice and other typical ingredients, such as tofu, sliced spring onions, and garlic. They are stewed in water or anchovy (myeolchi) stock. The stew is seasoned with fermented bean paste (doenjang) or fermented red pepper paste (gochujang).[2]

Like many other Korean dishes, kimchi-jjigae is usually eaten communally from the center of the table if more than two people are served. It is accompanied by traditional side dishes (banchan) and rice. It is usually cooked and served boiling hot in a stone pot.


Tuna kimchi-jjigae

Beyond the standard ingredients of beef, pork, or chicken, some varieties are called by their particular names.

  • Chamchi kimchi-jjigae (참치 김치찌개) is made with tuna, usually the canned type made specifically to use in jjigae. It is popular for camping trips or picnics, because of its ease of cooking and portability.[5]
  • Kkongchi kimchi-jjigae (꽁치 김치찌개) is made with Pacific saury.
  • Budae-jjigae (부대찌개) is made by stewing kimchi with various ingredients not native to Korean cuisine, including Spam, hot dogs, and American cheese slices. Budae means "army base" in Korean; it originated during the Korean War, when South Koreans used ingredients procured from the US military.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b =주요 한식명(200개) 로마자 표기 및 번역(영, 중, 일) 표준안 [Standardized Romanizations and Translations (English, Chinese, and Japanese) of (200) Major Korean Dishes] (PDF) (in Korean). National Institute of Korean Language. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  2. ^ a b Kimchi jjigae Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (in Korean)
  3. ^ =김치찌개. (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-04-04.
  4. ^ Bacteria in kimchi, Doctor's News, 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2010-06-24. (in Korean)
  5. ^ Tuna in jjigae, Hankyung News, 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-06-24. (in Korean)
  6. ^ Wharton, Rachel (April 2016). "Tented Walls and Family-Style Korean Dishes at Pocha 32". The New York Times.

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