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Korean Soups and Stews

Because Koreans eat stew or soup at almost every meal of the day, Korean cuisine has an amazing variety of them. Many Korean stews are extremely spicy and hearty and Korean soups range from miso-based to clear broth preparations.

Six Essential Korean Stews
In Korean cooking and eating, soup or stew is served at almost every meal. Sometimes stews play a starring role at the table, but usually they are a communal dish shared by everyone at the table like banchan. There are also some Korean restaurants and meals that offer stews (chigae, jjigae) after the main dish, like seafood restaurants with raw...

The Best Korean Savory Soups
Soup is an integral part of Korean cuisine and can be served and eaten at every meal of the day. They can enjoyed as the main course, a side dish, a post-barbecue tummy soother, or even a snack. If I could choose my last meal on earth, it would definitely include a Korean soup or a stew.

Korean Spicy Fish Stew (Mae Un Tang)
This Korean fish stew is a little bit spicy and sweet and has dozens of different fish and vegetable variations.

Anytime Asian Noodle Soup
This noodle soup is delicious and easy to make and modify for whatever vegetables or protein that you have in your kitchen. It can be made spicy or mild, chunky or smooth, and vegetarian or a meat-lover's version.

Chicken and Poached Egg Soup
This homey, tasty chicken soup is good on any day of the year. Enjoy it with or without a good splash of kochukaru (Korean chili pepper powder).

Korean Stuffed Chicken Soup with Ginseng (Sam Gae Tang) Recipe
Korean Stuffed Chicken Soup with ginseng (Sam Gae Tang) is a delicious, fragrant soup that is surprisingly easy to make. Small whole chickens or Cornish hens are stuffed with sticky rice, garlic and chestnuts and then simmered with ginseng, ginger, and garlic.

Korean Bulgogi Stew (Bulgogi Jungol) Recipe
Bulgogi jungol is a hearty, delicious one-pot meal that is also a good way to use any leftover marinated bulgogi and vegetables from your fridge. I always have marinated meat in the freezer, and bulgogi jungol is one of the easiest ways to use that beef in an easy Korean stew. For an even heartier meal, add noodles to the pot.

Galbi Tang (Short Rib Soup) Recipe
Galbitang is a rich but delicate soup made from short ribs, Korean radish, and glass noodles. Some people like to add some chili seasoning after cooking to give it a little kick, but I prefer it plain with rice and banchan.

Korean "Feast" Chicken Noodle Soup (Janchi Gooksu)
This Korean chicken noodle soup is most often served at large feasts like wedding celebrations or banquet dinners. Because noodles represent long life in Korea, this delicious noodle soup is symbolic for marriages and honored guests.

Korean Ox Bone Soup (Seollangtang) Recipe
A milky white soup made of long-simmered ox leg bones, seollantang (sullong tang) is a Korean soup that is easy to make but requires a lot of time.

Popular Korean Soups and Stews
Photo Gallery of Popular Korean Soups and Stews with Recipes Attached.

Dried Pollack Soup (Bugo Gook) Recipe
The light but sweet flavor of this soup comes from dried pollack, which is sold in Korean and Asian markets. It is healthy, very easy to make, and costs almost nothing. You can make a big pot of this soup for less than $5.

Recipe for Budaechigae (Korean Army Base Stew)
Budae Chigae was invented during the famine years of the Korean war and post-war period. Koreans managed to use leftover meat discarded or handed-out from the U.S. army bases to make this dish. It's a recent invention with a thousand variations, but it's mostly a lip-smacking mixture of Western meat, ramen noodles, vegetables, and Korean spices.

Korean Rice Cake Soup (Duk Gook) Recipe
Korean Duk Gook, a soup filled with soft Korean rice cakes (Dduk), is always eaten on New Year's Day. Soothing and simple, it takes less than 30 minutes if you use pre-made or store-bought broth. It's also common to add dumplings and/or sliced beef to the soup for a heartier dish.

Korean Cabbage Soup Recipe (Baechu Gook)
This cabbage soup is not often found in restaurants but is a staple in Korean households. Healthy, low-fat, and rich in nutrients and vitamins, Baechu Gook is Korean comfort food and is especially popular in the winter months.

Spicy Korean Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubuchigae)
Soondubuchigae is a spicy Korean stew that manages to be both hearty and healthy at the same time.

Quick and Easy Miso Soup
This miso soup is quick and easy, and it goes with any salads, cold noodles, and summer meals. It's also a fan favorite with Korean kids everywhere.

Spicy Kimchi Stew (Kimchichigae)
This spicy kimchi stew is served bubbling hot and makes good use of leftover or older kimchi. Fiery hot, hearty, and full of flavor, kimchichigae is great for cold winter days but Koreans can eat it anytime, anywhere.

Korean Spicy Noodle Soup
This spicy soup is a forgiving recipe that I make it when I need a quick soup and only have a few ingredients in the fridge. It can take a variety of different vegetables, noodles, and proteins and will still taste good. This recipe calls for Tofu Shirataki noodles, which are low-carb and low calorie Japanese noodles. But if you are not on a low cal diet or lifestyle, you can use other Asian noodles; I like to use Japanese udon or Korean sweet potato noodles.

Spicy Crab Stew (Gotgae tang)
This is a hearty, savory Korean stew that tastes like it took a lot of time and effort. Use fresh crabs in season for this easy stew.

Korean Bean Paste Stew (Daenjang Chigae)
This thick, fragrant stew is a Korean comfort food especially popular in the cold winter months. Korean bean paste (daenjang) is similar to Japanese miso but is much more pungent and powerful. Daenjang chigae is wonderfully hearty and can be made with almost any vegetables you have on hand. Although this is one dish where I actually prefer the more common zucchini, potato, and pepper combination of vegetables, it is delicious with carrots, other squashes, and turnips as well.

Pyongyang Onban, a North Korean Chicken and Rice Specialty Recipe
Onban is similar to bibimbab and naengmyun since is a mixed dish made up of different components. It can be made with either beef or chicken (and beef or chicken broth), but always includes rice, mushrooms, glass noodles (sweet potato vermicelli), mung bean pancake (bindaedduk, bin dae teok), and eggs. It also sometimes include pyongyang...

Bean Sprout Soup (Kongnamul Gook)
Korean bean sprout soup, which is both cheap and easy to make, has a light and refreshing flavor. Healthy, full of vitamin C, and low in calories, it's also supposed to be good for hangovers. Add a splash of red pepper flakes (kochukaru) and it's great for colds as well.

Korean Beef Broth
This is the simple recipe for basic Korean beef stock that can be used to make Korean stews and soups. Easy to make ahead and freeze, it is a useful base broth for any type of soup, not just Korean.

Korean Anchovy Stock
This fish-based broth is the traditional base for Korean soups and stews. Although meat broth has become more popular in recent years, this anchovy soup stock is still a staple in Korean cooking. It doesn't have a strong fish odor, but adds a deep and savory element when used in cooking Korean soups and stews.

Dak Kal Gooksu Recipe ('Knife' Noodle Soup with Chicken)
This recipe is for a slurpy, comforting bowl of noodle soup with chicken. You can find these thick noodles in the freezer section of Korean groceries.

Korean Seaweed Soup (Miyuk gook)
Known as the birthday soup in Korea, seaweed soup is also given to post-partum mothers recovering from childbirth. Naturally low in calories and fat and high in calcium, iron, and protein, it is a light and healthy soup good for any meal of the day.

Korean Braised Short Ribs (Galbi Jim)
Koreans probably wouldn't call this dish a "stew", because traditional stews are a bit more soupy, but these Korean braised short ribs do resemble a Western stew of "meat and potatoes". The beef and vegetables are slow simmered over low heat to a tender and sweet finish.

Spinach Clam Soup Recipe (Jogae Sigumchi Gook)
This simple spinach soup is an easy recipe of homey comfort. Jogae Sigumchi Gook (jogae kuk) takes less than thirty minutes, but it's delicious, flavorful, and full of nutrients and vitamins.

Korean Spicy Beef Soup (Yukaejang) Recipe
Yuk Gae Jang is a hearty Korean soup that warms you from your lips to your toes. Full of meat and vegetables, it's fiery red, bold, and spicy. Yuk Gae Jang is a one-pot meal that requires very little hands-on time but tastes like you've spent all day making it.

Spicy Korean-Chinese Seafood Soup (Jjampong)
Champong (or Jjampong) is one of the most popular Chinese-Korean dishes made and enjoyed all over Korea. Chinese restaurants in Korea (and in Koreatowns all over the world) don't have lo mein or kung pao chicken; the most popular choices are usually jajangmyun (black bean noodles) or jjampong.

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