Easy Halal Budae Jjigae Recipe: Make This Comforting & Spicy Korean Army Stew


Ili •  Jun 05, 2020

Budae jjiage, also known as Korean Army Stew, is a hearty kimchi stew that is perfect to indulge on a chilly day. Spicy, comforting and most importantly delicious, this popular Korean dish is a favourite among locals and travellers alike. Traditionally, budae jjigae includes pork and processed meats (i.e Spam which is canned cooked ham) but the beauty of this one-pot meal is that you can get creative with the ingredients! So with a little tweaking and swapping around, this simple halal budae jjigae recipe is one that you can easily make at home and indulge in while you catch up on the latest K-drama ?


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups ground beef or chicken
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 2 tbsp Gochujang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or 4 chicken stock bouillon cube dissolved in 4 cups of hot water)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 block tofu
  • 2 heads baby bok choy (or 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage)
  • 2 packs instant noodles


  • American cheese slice
  • Baked beans
  • Eggs
  • Rice cakes
  • Mushrooms (you can use enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms or both!)


  1. Heat some oil in a pot over medium-high heat and cook the ground meat.
  2. Add green onions, garlic, kimchi and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Add Gochujang and coat everything well for 30 seconds or so.
  4. Pour in chicken stock (or hot water followed by chicken stock bouillon cubes), then add soy sauce, sugar and tofu.
  5. Add baby bok choy and instant noodles. Cover the pot until the noodles become soft and veggies are cooked.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

With this comforting dish, you're now all set to snuggle up on your couch on a rainy day and dig into a steaming pot of budae jjigae while you watch Lee Minho in action on your screen ?

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