Processed foods such as spam, hot dogs, baked beans, cheese, ham, etc were scrounged or smuggled from U.S military bases and the locals threw the American ingredients into a large pot together with an assortment of Korean vegetables, spicy seasonings and other leftovers to create a stew of sorts.
Thus, through ingenuity and resourcefulness, Budae Jjigae was born!
My first time making the stew.
All you need is kimchi and some American processed meats and viola — it's Budae Jjigae!
Totally unhealthy but absolutely worth it! And especially perfect on a cold, rainy night.
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