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Celebrate AAPI month with Chef Jess Delicious’ recipe for Soondubu Jjigae, a beloved Korean tofu soup. This recipe offers an opportunity to learn traditional Korean cooking techniques and the distinct flavors from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Jess spent an hour teaching us how to cook this recipe! She shared helpful cooking tips, more about her story as a Korean American Adoptee, and answered questions about the recipe. You can view the class here Soondubu Jjigae Class Recording from May 21

Jess Delicious' Recipe for Soondubu Jjigae
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  • CourseMain Dish, Soup
  • 1/2 each yellow onion
  • 1/2 sheet kombu
  • 3 each garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ginger root, minced
  • 5 each shiitake mushrooms fresh or dried
  • 1 cup zuchinni, cut into 1/2 moon
  • 2 each green onion
  • 2 Tbsp. gochujang chile paste
  • 4 cups veggie stock
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 container soft tofu, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce omit if preparing vegan or vegetarian
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin can sub rice wine vinegar (+ a little bit of sugar or honey)
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  1. Prepare Stock: Pour 3 cups of water into a pot add half sheet of kombu broken up, half an onion, 6 shiitake mushrooms, and boil it over high heat. Lower the heat to low medium heat and boil it for another 20 minutes.
  2. Mix fish sauce, soy sauce, gochujang, and mirin in a heat safe bowl until well combined. Strain the stock into the fish sauce mixture.
  3. Remove the mushrooms and chop them into small pieces and set aside. Heat 1 tbsp oil in pot.
  4. Add in ginger, green pepper and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Add in sliced zucchini.
  6. Add the chopped shiitake mushroom, fish sauce, soy sauce, and mirin, stir and cook for another minute.
  7. Pour in 4 cups vegetable stock. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add tofu to the pot and break the tofu with a spoon several times in the pot.
  9. When it comes back to a boil, add 2 chopped green onions, both white and green part Ladle very hot soup into bowls and place and crack egg on top.
  10. The egg will cook in the hot soup. Drizzle some sesame oil before serving.
  11. You can eat as it is or serve with rice and enjoy!
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