Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) Recipe

This is a hearty noodle soup made from simple ingredients.

What more do you need than instant noodles leveled up and made extra hearty and delicious during a rainy day or chilly evenings? With this budae jjigae or more commonly known as “army stew”, this Korean mishmash of common kitchen food items is easy to make. 

What is budae jjigae

The story behind this unique stew goes back to the aftermath of the Korean War when food was scarce and meat sourced from the military base was mixed with local ingredients. This created this fusion dish that saw instant noodles or ramyun, kimchi, tofu, and gochujang simmered with luncheon meat and hot dogs. 

It’s a heartwarming soup that is affordable, easy to make, and best of all, instantly delicious, especially for those who love Korean food

For this recipe, it’s a leveled-up version that takes those same ingredients and adds to it to make it into an even heartier meal than the original. 

Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) Recipe

Jeffrey G. Tan
This is a hearty noodle soup made from simple ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dishes, Soup
Cuisine Asian, Others
Servings 6


Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 500 Grams Ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (hot pepper paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (Japanese rice wine)
  • 4 cups kimchi juice included
  • 4 pieces spring onions trimmed, cut diagonally
  • 1 liter water or chicken stock
  • 4 pieces hot dogs or Geman franks, sliced diagonally
  • 1 block silken tofu drained, cut into cubes
  • 2 packs instant ramen noodles noodles only
  • Leeks Chopped, for topping


  • Heat the sesame oil in a medium pot and fry the ground beef over high heat until browned. Add the gochujang, salt, and mirin and stir until mixed with the beef.
  • Add the kimchi, spring onions and water or stock and bring to a boil, Add the hot dogs, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the noodles and cook for 3 minutes, or until the noodles are softened. Add tofu. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve while hot.
Keyword Korean food, classic
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