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Spicy Braised Chicken Stew – Updated

02 14 17

Photography by Selina S. Lee

Happy Valentine’s Day! I had plans to deliver a surprise lunch for someone at work today but it didn’t happen. So I’m making it up with this spicy braised chicken stew for dinner tonight! This recipe is updated from a post long time ago here. Definitely a no fuss, no stress type of dish to make. Enjoy!


1 lb of chicken wings
(about 8 wings), thigh (about 2 pieces) and breast (about 2 pieces)
2 yellow yukon potatoes
1 carrot
½ onion
1 cup cabbage
2 green chili peppers, seeded – optional

2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp gochugaru (chili pepper powder)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
3 cups water

Prepare chicken by washing in cold water then soaking in milk for about 30 min. Rinse well then base season with salt and pepper. You can peel the skin for less fat and make cuts on chicken wings (with bones) so that the seasoning will penetrate into the meat better. Prepare potatoes, carrots, onion, cabbage by cutting in big chunky pieces for stew. Chop green chili peppers in small slanted pieces.

1. In a large pot, add chicken, potato, onion, carrot, cabbage, minced garlic, soy sauce, sugar with water and boil it on high heat for about 30 min then lower the heat to simmer.
NOTE: Keep lifting the foam that gets created from the chicken fat until broth is clear.
2. Add gochugaru and chopped green chili pepper and simmer until water is reduced, potatoes and chicken is cooked through. Add more gochugaru if you want extra spice.
3. Season with soy sauce or salt as needed. Serve with rice or thin rice noodles.
NOTE: This stew taste better when the broth is reduced down and flavors are bold. Usually taste better on a second day heating it up!

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Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubu Jjigae)

01 19 17

Photography by Selina S. Lee

You guys! I finally finished my first 4 pillars project! Beginning of last year, I embarked on this project that I created for myself – I ask myself, why do I create more work for myself? I wanted to work on iconic Korean recipes and wanted to explore and experiment them. First project was all about Korean stews ‘Jjigae’ and I have shared all 4 stews here including this one, Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubu Jjigae), Kimchi Jjigae, Soy Bean Stew (Ddenjang Jjigae), Gochujang Jjigae. Recipes are still not perfect but I think they are good guidelines. I’m sharing few notes and tips that I’ve learned by trial and error. Hope you get to try them and enjoy them for the remaining cold and rainy season. Now onto my next 4 pillars project, SOUPS! Stay tuned.

Soft Tofu Stew ‘Soondubu Jjigae’ (순두부 찌개) – 4 Servings

1½ tubes soft tofu or 1 box silken tofu
¼ cup chopped thin beef brisket (차돌박이)
¼ cup diced bella mushrooms
1 scallion
1 green chili pepper (풋고추)
¾ cup water or stock
1 egg – optional

1½ tbsp shim’s sweet sauce
½ tbsp soy sauce for soup

2 tbsp gochugaru
2 tbsp soy sauce for soup (국간장)
1 tbsp shim’s sweet sauce
2 tbsp water

Make a small slit on the middle of tofu tube to cut in half and take it out of the package. This will retain the shape. If you prefer cottage cheese like texture, you can make a small slit on the top of the package and squeeze out the tofu. Marinate the tofu with shim’s sweet sauce, soy sauce and pinch of salt. This will also help extract some liquid out of the tofu. Chop and dice beef brisket and bella mushrooms. Chop scallions and prepare seeded chopped green chili peppers. These Korean green peppers are not as spicy so you can use them more for your liking.

1. In a medium size pot (I use clay pot), add gochugaru, water, shim’s sweet sauce and soy sauce and mix them off heat.
2. Over heat, cook both beef and mushrooms in the seasoning until beef is cooked through. Add ¾ cup water or any type of stock (beef, vegetable) and boil it for few minutes. NOTE: water level should be low as tofu will add more liquid to the stew.
3. Drain tofu and add it to step 2 to boil it on high heat for about 5 min. Add chopped scallions and chili peppers and boil in lower heat for additional 2-3 min. If needed, season with soy sauce to taste. Take it off the heat. Crack an egg in the middle while it’s still boiling before serving.

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Chickpea Crab Miso Soup

01 06 17

Photography by Selina S. Lee

It’s always sunny here in Caifornia but It’s been cold and chilly around here. Brrr! I’m loving all the layering, scarf wearing, warm tea in my hand but all I think about is making a bowl of soup. This chickpea crab miso soup is so light and comforting. We eat a lot of miso soup around here. It was important for me to find a good miso paste. I tried many different brands available from the market and one that I love the most is chickpea miso from South River. It has a chunky pieces of chickpea in the paste! I also love chickpea miso from Miso Master as well but it’s not as chunky like the South River brand. Both brands are all natural and organic and it’s delicious! If you are local, you can find South River miso at the Preserved store here in Oakland or Miso Master brand at Whole Foods Markets.

Now, Let’s talk little bit about that wooden bowl. Some of you have asked me about the source. I got them online at AliExpress! They are beautifully handmade and easy to maintain. You can find other shapes of wooden bowls at the same shop. Enjoy!

Photography by Lisa Wong Jackson

Here is a lovely scene captured by Lisa at the private workshop I hosted last summer. We started our meal with a warm chickpea crab miso soup and we still talk about it! I added few more details to the recipe but still very simple to make. Check it out!

CHICKPEA CRAB MISO SOUP (칙피콩 크랩미소장국)4 Servings

1 cup cooked crab meat
1-2 tbsp chickpea miso
6 mini yukon yellow potatoes
1 scallion
1 katsuobushi or seafood stock tea bag
5 cups water
½ cup radish shoots or pea shoots

Prepare potatoes by cutting them in halves or quarters. Chop scallions finely.

1. Put the stock tea bag is cold water and bring it boil. Once it starts to boil, take the tea bag out and add miso by sifting through slowly dissolving into the stock.
2. Add potatoes and boil it about 20 mins until potatoes are soft. Lower the heat and add chopped scallions.
3. Serve in a bowl by adding the cooked potatoes on the bottom, add cooked crab meat and radish/pea shoots on top. Pour the miso soup from the edge of the bowl. Serve warm.