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Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Korean Food, Recipes | 2 comments

Army Base Camp Soup-Budae Jjigae (부대찌개)

Chris asks, “What does a poor, hungry Korean do with a pack of hotdogs, spam, bacon, and baked beans? Add hot pepper sauce and make Soup! Budae jjigae (literally: Army Base Camp Soup) comes from the Korean War times. American Soldiers gave food to the hungry Koreans, and this is what they made with it!
And, it still remains popular today. Delicious though it may be, it’s not the best Korea has to offer.”

If you can’t travel to Korea to try it in one of the many restaurants dedicated to preserving the dish, you can make it at home, with the help of Aeri at Aeriskitchen on YouTube. You can also find the complete Budae Jjigae recipe on Aeri’s blog at


  1. I saw this once on tv and I must say it actually looks so good. I'm mad about red hot Korean soups, with an extra dash of chilli sauce.

  2. I love kimch jjigae's, the more sour and spicy the kimchi, the better the stew.

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