Korean Food Fave: Kimchi Jjigae - a spicy, savory classic Korean soup made with tender pork shoulder and old, fermented kimchi.
Servings: 4 -6
- 1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil Don't overdo it. This will make your jjigae really oily
- 1 pound pork shoulder cubed
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 to 1 large onion coarsely chopped
- 3 cups coarsely chopped fermented old kimchi with some of the kimchi liquid/juice
- 3-4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce + more if needed
- about 2 cups greens kale or fresh spinach; coarsely chopped
- 2-3 cups tofu or one whole package; cubed
- 5 scallions thinly sliced
Heat the sesame oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the pork shoulder, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until browned and crispy, about 10 minutes.
Add the chopped onion, kimchi, kimchi juice, fish sauce and soy sauce and stir to combine. Add enough water to nearly cover the pork mixture (about 4 cups), cover, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer until the onion and kimchi are softened and the soup is thick, about 20 minutes.
Stir in the greens, tofu and scallions. Cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes until the greens have wilted and softened and to combine the flavors. Taste and season with more soy sauce if needed. Serve with white or brown rice.
You can make this soup ahead of time, but I recommend waiting to add the greens, tofu, and scallions until you are ready to enjoy.
Cook the soup using steps 1. and 2., but then remove pot from the stove and allow the soup to cool entirely before pouring into an airtight container and storing in the fridge. When you're ready to eat, reheat the soup in a large pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Once it just starts to boil, reduce to a simmer and add the greens, tofu, and scallions, stir, and allow to cook for 10 minutes while covered.