Korean army stew (Budae Jjigae) is a Korean fusion hot pot dish loaded with Kimchi, spam, sausages, mushrooms, instant ramen noodles and cheese. The soup is so comforting and addictive! | MyKoreanKitchen.com
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Budae Jjigae (Army Stew)

The best and the most popular Korean hot pot dish – Budae Jjigae (Army stew / Army base stew) recipe! It is loaded with Kimchi, spam, sausages, ramen noodles and much more!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 653kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen



  • 4 cups chicken stock (1 litre) *see notes above
  • 200 g SPAM thinly sliced
  • 4 cocktail Frankfurt sausages (150g) thinly & diagonally sliced
  • 250 g tofu sliced (about 1.5cm, 1/2 inch thickness)
  • 200 g enoki mushrooms base stem removed & stems separated,
  • 200 g king oyster mushrooms thinly sliced length ways
  • 100 g shiitake mushroom caps thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kimchi (ripened bite sized)
  • 110 g instant ramen noodles
  • 50 g Korean rice cakes for soup soaked in cold water for 15 mins if it was frozen
  • 30 g green onion thinly & diagonally sliced
  • 1 to 2 slice cheese

Sauce (Mix these in a small bowl)


  • Assemble the main ingredients (except for instant ramen noodles, rice cakes, green onion and cheese) in a shallow pot. Add the sauce in the middle. Pour the stock in the corner of the pot. Close the lid and boil it on medium high heat until the stock starts to boil (about 8 mins).
  • Add the remaining ingredients – instant ramen noodles, rice cakes, green onion and cheese on top of the pot and boil uncovered until the noodles are cooked (about 2 to 3 mins). Reduce the heat to low (if you’re cooking on a portable burner and sharing the food at the dinning table).
  • Start dishing out soup, protein and vegetables onto your own soup bowl. Serve with steamed rice (& with other Korean side dishes).


*1 Tbsp = 15ml, 1 Cup = 250ml


Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 2398mg | Potassium: 1265mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1355IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 5.3mg