It is an ideal way to warm you up in Winter. I know I’m repeating myself, but believe me or not, the cold weather does the same.
Kimchi chigae (jjigae) is also a convenient dish to finish your stock of kimchi.
Remember, I made that home-made nira kimchi. . It’s a lacto-fermented condiment. It matures like a yogurt.
The first day, it’s not too good. Then it’s “young kimchi”, quite sweet. Then it’s balanced, the ideal to eat it on its own. And later, it’s a bit over. A bit sour, but the taste is deep and rich, so it’s good to cook. How long it takes depends on the recipe and the storage conditions. Some kimchi last several months, but not in your fridge. So I ate mine after a week :
Now at the second week, sourness appears :
This is what is left. So to make chigae, I boiled water. Added the kimchi and gochujang (spicy miso sauce).
Kakinoki-take (persimmon tree mushrooms), silky tofu.
A raw egg is added to the hot broth. And a little fragrant sesame oil.
And I am in Seoul ! The time I’m eating this I can feel the heat on the ondol heated floor they have in Korean houses… even if I’m on that icy tatami (no proper heating in Japan).
Cal : 462 F 17.7g C 62.4g P 26.3g