A Middle-Aged Guy's Budae Jjigae (Korean Ramen Hot Pot)

A Middle-Aged Guy's Budae Jjigae (Korean Ramen Hot Pot)

I used to eat budae jjigae a lot when I lived in South Korea. I recreated it using just one frying pan.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Instant ramen noodles
1 bag
● Chinese cabbage
1/8 of a head
● Daikon radish
1/4th of one radish
● Chinese chives
1 bunch
● Shimeji mushrooms
1 cluster
● Tofu
1 block
● Wiener sausages
● Thinly sliced pork
200 g
● Chinese cabbage kimchi
100 g
◎ Shiitake mushrooms
◎ Dashi stock
800 ml
◎ Garlic (thinly sliced)
1 clove
2 tablespoons
Red chili pepper powder
2 tablespoons


1. Put the ◎ ingredients in the frying pan and bring to a boil.
2. When it come to a boil, add gochujang, chili pepper powder and simmer.
3. Add all the ● ingredients. It will be a big mound, but it'll be fine.
4. When they are cooked, the vegetables reduce in bulk and look delicious.
5. Add the instant ramen noodles. When the noodles are cooked, it's done.
6. Mix any leftovers the next day with rice and a raw egg - this is delicious too.

Story Behind this Recipe

"Budae" means "military unit," and this dish apparently got its start as something cooked using a military helmet as a pot. And it seems it originates from Pohang in South Korea, the region I was sent to by my company. I tried making it in a frying pan.