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Pork and Kimchi Soup Recipe

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 | Labels: , , |

It is spring but days are still overcast and cloudy not to mention colder than I remembered during this time of the year! Nothing makes me feel better than sipping a hot bowl of wholesome soup - I thought kimchi soup would be a good alternative as it is also spicy! Of course, watching the actors in my current Korean drama cooking and eating it all the time might be also influencing my sudden cravings!


Kimchi is a staple food in Korea - and kimchi can consist of cabbage, cucumber, carrots and a myriad of other vegetables pickled in salt, garlic and fermented fish paste (usually). The flavour of kimchi is rather strong and might be overwhelming to some at first, but I have definitely grown to love the flavour and kimchi soup is delicious and heartwarming to say the least. In addition, this recipe does not require a long boiling time but just under 1 hour. In traditional Korean soups, minced garlic may also be added which is really quite different from Chinese soups, or at least Cantonese soups - I don't think one usually adds garlic to the best of my knowledge.


The vegetables in the soup are not set in stone - you can be creative and use whatever you have in your fridge (within reason of course). Cooking is really a fun thing to do, experiment a little and you might just come up with something you love!



4 tbsps worth of kimchi
2 heaped tsps of kochujang (Korean chilli pepper paste)
2 tsp of kochukaru (Korean chilli pepper powder)
2 carrots, chopped
2 green onions, sliced diagonally
1/4 slab of tofu, cubed
1 tsp minced garlic
Soy sauce, to taste
1/2 Chinese (Nappa) cabbage
1/2 onion, sliced
1/4 pound of pork, sliced or cubed
3 cups of water



First, blanch the pork in boiling water to remove impurities, remove from water once the surface turns white. Discard water. Using the same pot, fill it with 3 cups of water, bring to a boil. Now add the vegetables except for the green onions, kimchi and blanched pork. Bring to a boil again and simmer at medium heat for about 30 minutes. Now, add the kochujang, kochukaru, green onions, tofu and garlic. Bring to a boil again, and simmer for another 20 minutes. Add soy sauce to taste. Serve hot with rice.

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Beachlover's Kitchen said... you make me miss the Korean drama:( maybe one day I make this soup like you while watching Korean drama in Youtube!

nath said...

huhuhu...sound healthy soup..delish!

tigerfish said...

Very appetizing soup! I will eat many bowls!

Linda said...

Mmh looks delicious. But it's too hot lately to try to make. I'll have to wait for a rainy day.

Do you have any cold peanut noodle recipes?

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Dora said...

Looks good. Can send me a bowl?


noobcook said...

What a great idea to add kimchi to soup, I love spicy soup! :)

Bay said...

Omg I just realized its you!!!
It's bay from tpf, prada bay :p
I want you to come cook for me! Lol

Alisa@Foodista said...

Kimchi soup? now that is something I have to try. And I love watching Korean dramas too :)I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind. Just add this foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

Cookie said...

I LOVE Kimchee soup! I've always like regular Kimchee and tried the soup for the first time a couple of years ago at a Korean restaurant in Japantown. It's SO yummy and just warms you all over!

Tastes of Home said...

marshall - thanks

bay - thanks!

wiffy - thanks

dora - of course!!! :)

Alista - thanks!

Cookie - thanks!

Ai Shiang said...

I was browsing to find a recipe on how to cook lotus stew/soup and bumped into your blog. I like your recipe and will definitely try it out.

Btw, I'm also from Malaysia :o)

Food For Tots said...

I haven't tried kimchi in my cooking yet. It sounds so healthy and appetizing! You are really a great cook. Your experiment always produced the desired results. ;)

Jocelyn said...

I always wanted to make this soup at home but I do not have kochujang and kochucharu. Will it still work?

Robert said...

The soups look awesome. When are we going to watch a YouTube video of you in the kitchen?

Robert said...

The soups look awesome. When are we going to watch a YouTube video of you in the kitchen?

Tan.wiratchada said...

WoW!! Idea recipe. I like hot soup, I like Kimchi and tofu. I hope can follow up your recipe for sometime.;)

I don't know you like or not but I've just nominated you with a 'Kreativ Award'please check it out at my blog...thank you! :)

ry said...

Hi there:
I have tried several of your recipes! Love them.
Hope that you would continue to post on your blog! I have a quick question... Often when I cook pork, the meat is hard. Do you know why? Am I doing something wrong? Or what is the best way to cook them... ^_^ Thank you,

Alima Bell said...

Kimchi soup looks wonderful. I love kimchi soup. I think this is a great kimchi soup . Your expression was very easy to read and understand. I saw this new pork and kimchi soup of course, I had to make it. Yes your blog really surprise anybody? My mouth is watering—amazing photo! I can't wait I am going to ask my mom to do it. I really like your recipe.

Tastes of Home said...

Ai Shang - thanks!

FFT - thanks for your kind compliments hehe..just trying :)

Jocelyn - it will not be spicy then I think..but I guess u can add more kimchi?? the paste though gives it a deeper flavour..sorry, not of much help! :)

Robert - hehe..think I'm not ready for a video 'debut' lol

Tan - thanks!

ry- thanks for visiting, Im glad u find my recipes useful!

Alima - thanks for your kind compliments!! hope u will like it!

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