Sunday, October 17, 2021

Recipe: Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew) 부대찌개

Budae jjigae 부대찌개, also known as Korean Army Stew is an easy and quick stew made with instant noodles, ham, sausages, spam, and baked beans, first created shortly after the armistice that ended the Korean War, using surplus foods from US military bases. These days, budae jjigae is a popular anju to accompany alcoholic drinks during a drinking session as well as being a comfort food for many Koreans, cooked on the table in a big pot in front of diners. 

Budae jjigae recipe (Korean Army Stew)


I had plenty of instant noodles and frozen sausages stocked up during the early days of the pandemic so it became one of the things I made in the kitchen occasionally. While it is not one of the healthiest things to cook, it is immensely satisfying and delicious. For our version, we would often include Shin Ramyun noodles, soft tofu, chicken frankfurters, rice cakes (tteok), eggs, spring onions and kimchi. 

So, before catching up on the next episode of Squid Game on Netflix, why not cook up a pot of budae jjigae to enjoy? ;)



Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew) 부대찌개
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1.2l water
2 packs Shin Ramyun noodle
1/2 tube soft tofu, sliced
4 chicken frankfurters, sliced at an angle
16 rice cakes, stick type (tteok), rinsed
Eggs
A large handful spring onions, cut into 2” length
1 cup kimchi
4T kimchi juice

1. Bring water to the boil. Add kimchi juice and noodle seasoning.

2. Add frankfurters and ramen noodles, and cook for 2 minutes. Add tteok, tofu and kimchi and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

3. Break eggs on top and cook until set, about 1-2 mins. Add spring onions and serve.


Budae jjigae recipe (Korean Army Stew)

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Recipe: Bara Chirashi Don ばらちらし

One of my favourite things to order and eat at the Japanese restaurant is bara chirashi don. It is an affordable yet delicious way to enjoy Japanese food. Bara chirashi don, is a Japanese rice bowl with chopped raw fish (usually a variety of fish - salmon, tuna, octopus, tobiko), vegetables (cucumber, pickles or avocado) and tamago (eggs). The raw fish is usually cubed and marinated with soy sauce and mirin.

At home, we make our own bara chirashi don using salmon only since this is the most accessible raw fish for us. Bara chirashi, for us, is best enjoyed with a hot bowl of miso soup and EXTRA sashimi. 

Bara chirashi don recipe


Bara chirashi don recipe



Bara chirashi ばらちらし
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time:15 minutes
Serves 4


Ingredients
300g sashimi grade salmon fillet, cubed
1 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
1/8 tsp wasabi
1 avocado, peeled and cubed
3 cups cooked Japanese short grain rice
1/2 Japanese cucumber, small cubes (optional)
50g tobiko or ikura (optional)


For the sushi rice vinegar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt

For the thin omelette
2 eggs
1/2 tsp sugar
A pinch of salt
Cooking oil


1. Combine the rice vinegar, caster sugar and salt in a small bowl, until sugar and salt has dissolved. Pour the vinegar mixture over the rice and using a spatula, mix the rice and vinegar mixture. Cool the rice to room temperature. 

2. Next, cook the thin omelette. Beat the eggs with sugar and salt. Coat a frying pan with a thin layer of oil and heat over medium heat. Pour half the egg into the pan and swirl so eggs spread evenly to coat the base of the pan. Cook until eggs have set. Set aside to cool. Once cool, roll the omelette and thinly slice.

3. Mix soy sauce and wasabi in a bowl and then toss the sashimi cubes.

4. Divide rice into four bowls. Top with omelette, sashimi and avocado. Enjoy with hot miso soup and more sashimi!


Tip: You can also top the bara chirashi with toasted nori (seaweed). My son also enjoys making his own sushi / maki so it's good to have some nori seaweed on hand. 

Bara chirashi don recipe

Bara chirashi don recipe

Bara chirashi don recipe
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