I’ve been meaning too make this soup since I had it a year and half ago in Singapore. And I am a very lucky gal to be using a fresh batch of my husbands homemade Kimchi in this soup this week. Did you know that back in the day in Korea, Kimchi was normally made to last the long winter months and sometimes used in soups when it is older and perhaps stale (if it can get stale)? Hmmn, interesting, we cannot seem to ration ours well – it disappears magically so fast!
So what is in my husbands Kimchi? It is fermented Napa cabbage, daikon radish, green onions, garlic, ginger and a red chile pepper spice, fish and Korean salted shrimps. I will update this blog post with the link to the recipe he used, which I will be post up shortly. My husband has made 3 batches to date and it seems to be a hot staple in our household.
Now let’s talk about the soup….I followed one particular recipe and adjusted/added some ingredients from other recipes I researched. I am very happy that I took the time to to research many other recipes because the bean paste made it a delight along with the egg.
The Verdict of Kimchi Soup:
I am so happy that I used an egg and added the bean paste. I truly think that is what sets it apart from a so-so kimchi soup to a marvelous creamy spicy goodness. I tried the soup before the egg was stirred in and it was good, but after the egg was stirred in it was very creamy…oh such a creamy spicy delight!
Oh and I love napa cabbage and the red pepper!
But wait , the soup party fun really happens when you have a small bowl of rice on the side. Dip your spoon in and get some of those little white party morsels and give them a quick dip in the soup. More rice please? Yessum.
And finally, I made it a truly authentic experience. I had these authentic Korean clay pots and I broke them in on the stove top for the very first time ever. Serving up the soup and heating the clay pots up until the soup bubbles and drop that key gooey creamy egg in. Be careful and serve the bowl bubbling hot to your hungry mates with an oven mitt and placeholder underneath though!
Kimchi Soup Ingredients:
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 clove garlic garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 16-oz. package silken tofu, cut into 1” pieces
- 4 cups gently squeezed cabbage kimchi, chopped, plus 1 cup liquid
- 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
- 2 teaspoons doengjang (Korean bean paste)
- 6 cups veggie stock
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 8 scallions, cut into 1” pieces
- 2 tablespoons Tamari (or reduced-sodium soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 6 large eggs
- 1 large bowl of cooked rice
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Shredded scallions (green onion) – Tip: Slice them very thin lengthwise and drop them in a bowl of cold water and watch them curl up all pretty!
Kimchi Soup Instructions:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce heat, carefully add tofu, and simmer gently until slightly puffed and firmed up, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer tofu to a medium bowl.
- Heat butter in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. saute yellow onion, garlic and ginger. Add kimchi and gochujang and gochujang and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 5–8 minutes. Add kimchi liquid and 6 cups veggie stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until kimchi is softened and translucent, 35–40 minutes.
- Add scallions, tamari, fish sauce and tofu; simmer gently until tofu has absorbed flavors, 20–25 minutes (tofu will fall apart a little). Add sesame oil; season with salt and pepper.
- If you have Korean Hot Pots like I have, ladle soups into them on the stove top. Heat until soft boil and top each with an egg yolk (soft egg), shredded green oinions and sesame seeds.
- Carfeully serve dish with pot holders.
- Serve with steamed white or brown rice
Original Recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spicy-kimchi-tofu-stew
What I Changed From Original Recipe:
- I added garlic, ginger, yellow onion, and fish sauce
- I used vegetable stock instead of water – to give it more depth
- I added Korean bean paste
- I used butter instead of veggie stock, I wanted an extra creaminess.