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Pronounced kim-chee soon-doo-boo cheek-kay, this roughly translates to kimchi stew with tofu. For kimchi lovers everywhere, this fiery soup is the perfect tonic for a cold winter’s night.


4 Servings
(1 serving = bowl )
  • vegetable oil
  • 8oz
    . shiitake mushrooms
  • kosher salt
  • 2
    scallions, sliced (save the green ends for garnish)
  • 1tbsp
    garlic, minced
  • 2tbsp
    gochuragu (Korean red-pepper flakes)
  • 2cup
    vegan kimchi, chopped
  • 6cup
    vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1in
    medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4 half-moons
  • 14oz
    . silken tofu, broken into small pieces
  • steamed rice for serving (optional)


  1. Heat a couple tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Once shimmering, add the shiitake mushrooms and sprinkle with a touch of kosher salt. Cook until the mushrooms are just beginning to soften, about 3 - 4 minutes.

  2. Add the scallions, garlic, and gochuragu until everything is combined. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Add the kimchi along with any leftover juice in the container it came in. Stir for 4 - 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has dissipated.

  4. Add the vegetable broth, soy sauce, and zucchini. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the kimchi and the zucchini are softened.

  5. Add the silken tofu into the soup. Stir so that it’s fully incorporated. Cook for another 3 - 5 minutes.

  6. Do a taste test. If the soup still needs salt, you can either add a touch of kosher salt or more of the soy sauce. Once you’re satisfied with the flavors, take off the heat.

  7. To serve, place some rice in the bottom of the bowl and add the soup on top. Sprinkle with the remaining scallion greens.

Tips & Tricks

  1. I call for vegan kimchi specifically because most kimchi you find actually includes fish. If the kimchi you buy isn’t pre-shredded, you can take scissors to cut it up into pieces before putting into the stew.

  2. This is a purely vegan recipe that includes mushrooms, scallions, and zucchini. There are several versions of jjigae to make, many of which call for chicken, beef, or pork belly. If meat is calling you, go for it! You’ll want to brown it towards the beginning along with any other vegetables you decide to put in it. You can also play around with other veggies (this is a perfect soup for veggies just about to go bad). You can also add an egg on top of the stew.

  3. It’s important to have silken tofu for this recipe. While firm and extra-firm are good for recipes where you need the tofu to hold together, we actually want the tofu to be crumbly here. It should look roughly like clumps of feta cheese when you add it to the soup.

  4. This stew is great to do with dolsat bowls, as it adds that extra layer of heat and keeps the soup warm while you eat it. If you don’t have them, no worries! This will still taste great without using them.

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Recipe by

Rachel Zorn Kindermann


I'm a plant-based eater and food writer dedicated to making cooking and plant-based eating approachable and fun! I'm the creator of Samosas and Mimosa... Read More

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