Korean Tuna Kimchi Stew [Chamchi Kimchi Jjigae]
This stew is the most common meal on the table in Korea. You will be able to order it pretty much at any Korean restaurant in Korea, even all over the world
Kimchi stew is the best way to get rid of old fermented Kimchi which is too sour to eat. My mum like only fresh kimchi (surprisingly, some Korean people can’t eat fermented kimchi), so she made kimchi stew almost everyday when kimchi got sour and sour. I liked her kimchi stew so much because she made kimchi stew in many different ways with canned tuna, glass noodles, tofu, pork, etc.
And this time, I will show you how to make kimchi stew with canned tuna, ‘Tuna Kimchi Stew‘
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Pre time: 15mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Ingredients (serves 2)
- A handful of Fermented Kimchi
- 1 canned tuna (150g)
- 1 Onion
- 2/3 Tofu (200g)
- 1 Spring onion
- 2 Chilli
- 5 Cups Water
- 1 Tbsp minced Garlic
- ½ Tbsp Chilli flakes
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Sesame oil
1. Chop the vegetable ingredients, tofu and kimchi.
2. Put 1 Tbsp of sesame oil in a pot. Fry the chopped kimchi for 2 minutes over medium heat.
3. Add 5 cups of water. Boil them for 5 minutes over medium heat.
4. After 5 minutes boiling, add the chopped onion, chilies and tuna chunk.
5. Then boil 3 more minutes over medium heat.
6. Have a taste. Add 1 Tbsp minced garlic, ½ chili flakes and 2 tsp sugar. (can add more sugar if needed.)
7. Add chopped green onion and tofu pieces carefully. Boil 2 more minutes. Pour the soup over the tofu pieces with a spoon while boiling.
8. After 2 minutes, turn the heat off. Serve it warm with steamed rice. Enjoy it!
My cat, Jack was sitting next to me all day while cooking because he smelled tuna. Sadly, I couldn’t let him taste the stew as he will hate me after a sip of it
- Drain off the excess oil of canned tuna before use. It make the soup more clear and less oily.
- There is another version of Kimchi stew with soft tofu, called ‘Soondubu kimchi jjigae‘. You can mash tofu block in a plastic bag, then use it as a soft tofu.
Quick Korean Words
Jjigae [찌개] = Stew
Chamshi [참치] = Tuna
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