Korean Army Stew – Budae Jjigae (부대찌개)

Do you want to learn how to make a popular Korean hot pot dish called Budae Jjigae (Army stew or Army base stew)? This Korean Army Stew is an American infused stew loaded with spam, sausages, cheese, ramen noodles, kimchi, and much, much more!

Did you know that Budae means military base in Korean, but Budae Jjigae is translated into “Army Stew” or “Army Base Stew”? It is also called spicy sausage stew, made with ham, sausage, spam, baked beans, kimchi, and gochujang and more ingredients can be added like fish cakes, tofu, rice cakes, noodles, and cheese.

How to Make Korean Army Stew – Budae Jjigae (부대찌개)?

It is simple as ABC, all you need to do is to cut all the meats and vegetables you need for this recipe. Place onions in the bottom of the pot and arrange all the meats (spam, and sausage) tofu and rice cakes (tteokbokki) around the pot, making a space in the middle. Place the kimchi, spring onions and gochujang in the middle. If you want to add baked beans and marinated minced beef, you can do so. Now, pour the beef broth in the pot and mix it up a little by scooping the soup and pouring it into the middle of the pot to distribute the gochujang. Add the ramen noodle and sliced cheese on top. Serve on a table and boil over low heat using a portable gas stove.

You may also like my other stew recipes:

Coconut Beef Stew

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Korean Army Stew – Budae Jjigae (부대찌개) Recipe


1 white onion

1 can of Spam

4 sausages

1/2 extra firm tofu

1/2 cup rice cake (tteokbokki)

1 stalk spring onion

1 cup of Kimchi

2 tablespoons gochujhang

4 cups of beef bone broth

1 instant Ramen noodle

1 sliced cheddar cheese


3 tablespoons baked beans

60 grams (1/2 cup) minced beef, marinated (see marinade sauce ingredients)


1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon cooking wine

1 teaspooon minced garlic



  1. Cut tofu and kimchi. Slice onion and spring onion. Set aside.
  2. Cut ham and sausage. (Optional: Boil to remove oil).
  3. If you’re using marinated minced beef: Marinate it with 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon cooking wine, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and pepper for 10 minutes.
  4. Place ham and sausage, tofu and rice cakes (tteokbokki) around the pot. Making space in the middle.
  5. In the middle of the pot, put spring onions, kimchi and gochujhang. Add baked beans and marinated minced beef, if desired.
  6. Mix the sauce ingredients, pour beef bone broth and boil for 5 minutes.
  7. Put ramen and sliced cheddar cheese in, and continue boiling until it’s cooked.

Serve and enjoy this Korean Army Stew – Budae Jjigae (부대찌개) with family and friends!


  • If you want to make your own gochujang sauce, in a small bowl, simply mix 1 tablespoon red pepper powder, 1 tablespoon red pepper paste, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Arrange meats, vegetables and rice cakes nicely around the pot. Make sure to leave space in the middle of the pot for sauces and other ingredients.
  • Use a quality beef bone broth for a rich, nice flavor. You can make your own broth or buy from a store.
  • Use portable gas stove, place in the middle of the table. Once everything is arranged in the pot, start boiling it in low heat. Make sure to at least give the meat and rice cakes some time to cook before adding the ramen noodles and sliced cheese.
  • Budae Jjigae or Korean Army Stew is best served with Banchan or side dishes. We had egg omelet, marinated spinach, and Korean Stir Fry Fish Cakes (Odeng / Eomuk Bokkeum) 오뎅볶음

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