Korean Tofu Stew

Sundubujjigae is a common, everyday food in Korea.

It’s a quick, affordable meal with lots of flavor and nutrition. When I was in high school, I used to take private art classes after school. I used to go to this tiny Tofu Stew restaurant that was adjacent to the art studio. I literally ate there at least once a week over the course of a few years. I never failed to clean up the pot of the stew =) What a delicious stew it must have been!

Enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to share how it turns out~



Korean Tofu Stew (Sun-Du-Bu-Jji-Gae, 순두부찌개)
[b]SERVES[/b] 2 [br[br]][b]Total:[/b] 30 minutes [b] Active:[/b] 25 minutes
  • 1/3 medium onion with skin on, cleaned
  • same part cabbage
  • same part daikon radish, cleaned (substitue with red radish if needed)
  • 2 green onion roots, cleaned (optional)
  • 3 baby portabella mushrooms
  • 3 cups water[br](*Vegetable scraps are perfect to make this broth. Be creative and play with different vegetable scraps)
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  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ cup minced stew beef (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes -adjust this amount to your preferred spiciness)
  • 2 Tbsp. sake or white wine
  • 1-pound/440g package soft tofu
  • 3 baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce (substitute with 2 Tbsp. soy sauce if needed)
  • 4 mussels in shell (optional)
  • 3 medium size shrimps, peeled (optional)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 egg
  • salt to taste
  1. To make the broth: Combine the vegetable stock ingredients in a pot. Bring it to a boil and cook for another 20 minutes on medium heat. Then, strain the stock and discard the solids. Set it aside.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms and green onions. Mince the beef.
  3. In a small bowl, add the soft tofu and break it gently into chuncks by hand. Set it aside.
  4. Heat a soup pot over high heat. Drizzle the sesame oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Add the beef to brown for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, gochugaru and remaining sesame oil. Stir it constantly to prevent the gochugaru from burning. Cook it for 2 minutes. Add the sake and let it cook until sake is almost evaporated.
  5. Next, add the stock, tofu, mushrooms, and fish sauce. Once it comes to a boil, add the shrimp, white parts of green onions , and mussels. Cook until the mussels are open ~ about 2 minutes and the turn the heat off. Add the rest of the green onions and the egg. Stir it and season with salt to taste. Serve and enjoy.
[b]Gopher’s Tip:[/b][br]This stew is a versatile dish so add any toppings of your choosing. Make a vegetarian version with zucchini and cabbage, a mega seafood version with clams and squid, or a mushroom medley using a variety of mushrooms. Let me know what combinations you come up with![br]my video with your friends ~


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