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kimchi jigae

jan Oct 28, 2007 08:31 AM

My Korean next door neighbor just delivered about a 4 gallon jar of homemade kimchee.....does anyone have a recipe for kimchi jigae ?

  1. luckyfatima Oct 29, 2007 11:55 PM

    In addition to jigae you can make kimchi fried rice and also kimchi mandu. Yummy!

    1. t
      traceybell Oct 28, 2007 08:32 PM

      First you should wait until your kimchi gets very ripe. New kimchi doesn't make for good chigae because you want it to be acidic. Basically, you stir-fry it with some pork, add water and let it boil, then simmer over medium-to-low heat for about 20 minutes. You can add Korean soup stock or dried anchovies for some depth. I think some people add Korean dried chili powder to make it more spicy. You can add tofu. This is the basic recipe.

      --I'm not sure how to get the pork really tender. Maybe use a fatty cut and let it cook over low heat a lot longer? I often use canned tuna in place of pork, just adding drained tuna near the end of cooking. This is a very college student thing to do. And I will add an egg yolk. But I'd be interested if anyone knows how to make it w/very tender pieces of pork. That's the best kind.

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      1. re: traceybell
        WCchopper Oct 29, 2007 11:16 PM

        I get pork "kabob" meat and chop it up and it is plenty tender. I don't know what cut they use for the kabob meat though.

        1. re: traceybell
          Humbucker Nov 1, 2007 04:44 PM

          Just a tip if you have new kimchi but want it to get more sour: leave the container outside on the counter for a night or two. Make sure you set the container in a bowl or some other basin and loosen the lid because the fermentation may cause some juices to bubble out.

        2. k
          kkbriggs Oct 28, 2007 08:59 AM

          There's a great thread on Korean recipes right now at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451127 You might try some of the links recommended in that thread.

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          1. re: kkbriggs
            oakjoan Oct 28, 2007 09:59 AM

            I don't have a recipe for kimchee jigae, BUT, Bittman has a wonderful potato pancake with kimchee. I make it all the time. It's great served with bbq'd/broiled marinated chicken thighs with sesame seeds. Will post if you're interested and don't have Best Recipes in the World

            1. re: oakjoan
              jan Oct 28, 2007 01:55 PM

              Thanks, I do have Best Recipes in the World, never thought to look there!

              1. re: oakjoan
                Kagey Oct 29, 2007 03:46 AM

                Ooh could you post anyway? I don't have the book but I'd love to see that recipe!

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