Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood

Haemul-sundubu-jjigae 해물순두부찌개

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

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Prepare stock to make tasty sundubu:

  1. Pour 5 cups of water into a pot and add 12 dried anchovies after removing intestine part.
  2. Add half onion, some dried kelp (about ⅓ cup), 3 dried shiitake mushrooms, 5 cloves of garlic and boil it over high heat.
  3. Approximately 10 minutes later, lower the heat to low medium heat and boil it for another 20 minutes.
  4. Set aside the stock and take out the mushrooms and chop them into small pieces.
  5. Heat your earthen ware (or ceramic pot) on the stove and put 2 ts of olive oil.
  6. Chop 100 grams of beef and put it into the pot and stir it.
  7. Add the chopped shiitake mushroom and stir it.
  8. Add 2 tbs – 5 tbs (¼ cup) of hot pepper flakes and keep stirring for 1 minute.
    *tip:
    2 tbs—mild
    3 tbs—medium
    4 tbs—hot
    5 tbs (¼ cup)—suicidal hot ! : )
  9. Pour 2 cups of the stock you made. It will be sizzling. Don’t be afraid! It’s just TOFU stew! : )
  10. Add 1 cup of mixed seafood and 3 shirimp.
  11. Add 2 tbs of fish sauce.
  12. Cut the 2 tubes of Soon du bu (soft Tofu) in half and squeeze it out into the pot and break the tofu with a spoon several times in the pot.
  13. When it boils, add 2 chopped green onions and 1 green chili pepper.
  14. Crack eggs and drizzle some sesame oil before serving.

sundubu

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499 Comments:

  1. uk2nyc Milan, Italy joined 3/16 & has 2 comments

    Amazing i always make it :)

    Thanks again

    Richard

  2. kimjessi chicago joined 3/16 & has 1 comment

    Hello,
    I tried this recipe for the 1st time, and i am wondering if the gochucaru is suppose to melt.. my soup just looks watery with flakes? what am i doing wrong!? soondubu is my favorite.. so i would love to makethis right!

  3. journeywithkube Raleigh, NC joined 1/16 & has 1 comment

    I used your recipe and made a very tasty Sundabu Jjigae. It was so good that I even decided to buy your book! :)


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  4. miggyloo Toronto joined 1/16 & has 1 comment

    I made this last night to use up some soon-to-expire squid and it was so delicious and perfectly seasoned – just like from the Korean restaurants! I used my cast iron dutch oven as the earthenware substitute, teeny tiny 1/2 inch dried anchovies found in the frozen section at the local Korean supermarket so no need to gut, salted mini shrimp from a jar instead of regular shrimp, one jalapeño instead of the green chile pepper, Pulmone silken tofu instead of the tube tofu, dried shiitake for the stock and fresh local shiitakes for frying with the grass-fed ground beef, and added watercress near the end for extra green. My 4 year old daughter wanted to try the squid and kept coming back for more even though it was spicy! Next time, I’ll make Pulmone’s hand-made style noodles to go with it and we’ll eat like kings! Thank you for your excellent recipe!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,670 comments

      It sounds very delicious! “My 4 year old daughter wanted to try the squid and kept coming back for more even though it was spicy!”? Isn’t she cute? : )

  5. Emerquoise joined 8/15 & has 5 comments

    Hi, can I use pork instead of beef? Thanks.

  6. Sara Alice joined 7/15 & has 8 comments

    I made this today and it came out so good. I have made this dish several times since I love seafood. I ended up adjusting the recipe for a serving of one instead, just for a change. Instead of two tablespoons, I did three teaspoons instead. One teaspoon of fish sauce, soup soy sauce, and oyster sauce to make it a little bit sweet. And I added a sprinkle of salt. This is the best I have ever had. Take care!


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  7. charlietuna joined 6/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    This may be an unusual request, but do you have a suggestion to make your dish not spicy? I would like to make this dish for my young children, but they cannot take spicy ingredients. Thank you!

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 200 comments

      Hi charlietuna,

      Funny: We had soondubu-jjigae last night! Great as always! ;-D

      Just use green bell-pepper and mild red bell-pepper powder (or paste or fresh ones if the powder is not available). That way, you will have the good taste without the hotness.
      Don’t forget to fry them! Readily grilled ones (available canned in jars) should work perfectly, too.

      Bye, Sanne.

  8. Jojo77 Ohio US joined 2/15 & has 4 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I tried this recipe last Friday and I think it was a success, but somehow I feel it is not salty enough. Is it because the hot pepper flakes I am using is not salty enough?

    Thanks,
    Jojo

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 200 comments

      Hi Jojo77,

      I wonder; 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of fish-sauce should be salty enough for that amount of stew …

      Gochugaru isn’t salty at all; Pul biber (the Turkish kind) is sometimes (always?).
      Maybe the fishsauce you use isn’t salty enough. You may also season the beef first.

      And really boil the stock you make for it good so that much water evaporates and the ingredients give their flavour (and saltiness) to it!

      Bye, Sanne.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,670 comments

      Jojo, if it’s not salty enough for you, add more fish sauce or salt to your taste. Good luck with your making delicious seafood soft tofu stew. Check out my recent kimchi sundubujjigae recipe, too. https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/sundubu-jjigae

  9. AdamB usa joined 12/14 & has 15 comments

    Thank you Maangchi! I make your Japchae and kimchi and am sure this stew will be another favorite. I don’t have good enough internet to watch your videos unless I can get to a town, but love to watch and learn when the opportunity arises. So, the printed recipes, directions and links are so appreciated!

  10. AdamB usa joined 12/14 & has 15 comments

    I am going to make this stew, but what had been holding me back are the anchovies. Quite frankly the thought of taking guts out of the little fish is a bit gross! Obviously I didn’t grow up with them! Do we remove the anchovies before serving? I don’t mean to insult. I’m sure they are the base for a great flavor, but like I said, they will be a hurdle for me!

    I have to tell you that I so appreciate how you link the ingredients to an info page. I take my cell phone to the Korean market and find the “right” ingredients by matching up your pictures to what is on the shelf!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,670 comments

      Yes, I always take out the guts and heads from dried anchovies. If you can’t clean the anchovies, I recommend getting anchovy powder in small package. And yes, remove the cooked anchovies from the stew before serving. Not many people will be interested in seeing floating anchovies in the stew. Some people eat the cooked anchovies though.

  11. macarl manila, philippines joined 11/14 & has 1 comment

    Dear Maangchi,
    Thank You for posting your recipes.
    please keep em coming. I cant wait to try some of your recipes and i will keep you posted on my progress.

  12. isykitty United States joined 10/14 & has 1 comment

    Since there are 473 positive comments about this I’m 100% certain mine turned out yucky cause of me. so sad. my poor toddler even cried when she ate it it was so bad.

    Just thought I would post so if anybody else created a disaster they wouldn’t feel like they were the only one.

    I used Dashi anchovy dried…I highly doubt that was why it tasted like crap…sigh

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,670 comments

      Wow you made this for your child? Very brave!

      I hope it turns out better next time!

    • Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14 & has 31 comments

      I feel so bad for you! You are taking one failed dish pretty hard, my friend! This dish is complicated and there are so many variables. The anchovies and kelp, were they quite fresh? They are the backbone of this stew, and if they have lost their zest, the stew will be bland and one-dimensional. The red pepper flakes are the star of this show. They have to be the Korean kind, or this just won’t taste good at all. Please don’t give up!

  13. Deergalaxy Hong Kong, China joined 7/14 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    Is it a must to add kelp in the stock?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,670 comments

      Delicious stock makes delicious sundubu jjigae. If kelp is not available, skip it and use dried anchovies to make stock. Or use some chicken broth (canned or homemade chicken broth)

  14. jenny_ang18 Indonesia joined 3/14 & has 1 comment

    Hi maangchi….

    The first time i tried to make this soup, and i really failed that.. T_T i bought the red pepper flakes in my country which is the texture is quite rough. So i actually wonder did i buy the correct red pepper flakes or should i buy red pepper powder which is more fine in the texture. Please help and guide me maangchi. I’m really dying to try to make a successfull korean dishes.. thanks

  15. Chiizuchan Florida joined 3/14 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi!

    This is the second recipe I’ve made from your site so far and it’s so much better than the soondubu-jiggae I had at the restaurant, thank you!

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