Korean Kimchi soup

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@Grandpaskip

Several cooks have asked for this recipe from my Friend's mother in Korea. Here it is for those who want it.
Don't be afraid of the steps/ingredients ! It's really quite easy. A SPICY traditional soup full of Kimchi, Tofu, Veggies and Pork. (Can be made vegetarian). She recommends using Homemade Kimchi. If your Kimchi is less than 3 weeks old, you should add a couple of teaspoons of white vinegar to your Kimchi. Stir and let it sit for 10 minutes and then chop up for use. The extra vinegar acts as a fermenter and will make it taste a LOT better. DO NOT skip this step! Trust me ! Also, the chili flakes and paste must be the true Korean variety. Chinese, Thai or cayenne pepper will not work. I have adjusted this recipe over time to suit my taste. I love HOT !!


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Serves:

2 bowls

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

4 oz
pork loin (omit for vegetarian)
1 Tbsp
rice wine -- saki
1/8 tsp
freshly cracked black pepper
1 c
sour, fermented kimchi (cut into 1 inch squares)
1/4 medium
white onion, cut into thin slices
1 medium
green onion, sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch chunks
1/4 c
shitake mushrooms (or button)
3 Tbsp
anaheim green chili peppers
1 c
extra firm tofu, cut into 1/4 slices (optional)
1-1/2 c
water
1 Tbsp
vegetable oil to coat small pan

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut up vegetables,kimchi and tofu (if using)and set aside.
2
Cut pork into thin strips 1 to 2 inches long.
3
Marinate meat in rice wine with two pinches of black pepper for 15 minutes (use stew pot for this).
4
Meanwhile add vegetable oil to pan or wok and cook kimchi on medium-high until done. About 5 to 7 minutes. Stir often. kimchi will become slightly translucent.
5
In a separate bowl, combine soup base ingredients and mash together.
6
Add vegetables,kimchi,soup base and water to the pot with the meat, leaving out the tofu. Use kimchi juice as part of the water amount.
7
Bring to a boil and leave on a rolling boil until pork is cooked or about 5 minutes. Do NOT let water boil away.
8
Taste soup for seasoning, add water as needed or make extra soup base, if needed.
9
When pork is done, turn heat to low and add tofu slices, if using.
10
Stir gently. Serve with cooked room temperature white rice

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Other Tag: Quick & Easy