Aug 6, 2017
, (literally "army stew") is a type of jjigae (a thick Korean soup similar to a Western stew).
Soon after the Korean War, food was scarce in Seoul, South Korea. Some people made use of surplus foods from US Forces Korea bases around the Uijeongbu, Pyeongtaek (also called Songtan) or Munsan area, such as hot dogs, spam, or ham, and incorporated them into a traditional spicy soup flavored with gochujang (red chili paste) and kimchi.
Budae jjigae is still popular in South Korea. The dish often incorporates such modern ingredients as instant noodles and sliced American cheese. Other ingredients may include ground beef, sliced sausages, baked beans, minari, onions, green onions, tteok, tofu, chili peppers, macaroni, garlic, mushrooms and other vegetables in season.