#NCooks: Budae Jjigae/Army Stew

Army Stew/Army Base Stew is a Korean-American fusion dish as it uses processed food such as spam, sausages and sliced cheese. 

Budae means military base in Korean, but BUDAE JJIGAE is translated into “Army stew” or “Army base stew” because of its origin. 

For today's lunch we decided to make one as we already have the ingredients ready. Well, aside from its easy to make as its just mostly cutting and slicing of ingredients, it also consists of easy to find and cheap ingredients. You can use omit/substitute your main ingredients depends on your preference. 


  • 1 litre of chicken brought (i used chicken cubes)
  • Sliced SPAM
  • Sausages - we got from the Korean Grocery
  • Enoki Mushrooms
  • Kimchi
  • Ottogi Instant Ramen 
  • Green Onions
  • Quickmelt Cheese or Mozzarella Cheese
  • Beef - Optional :) 
  • 1 tbsp rice wine (mirin)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (i used kikkoman)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Gochujang
  • A pinch of Ground Black Pepper

1. Assemble the ingredients except for the instant ramen, green onion and cheese in a shallow pot. Put the mixed sauce and stock and let it boil for 5 minutes. 
2. Add the remaining ingredients - noodles, cheese and green onion and let it boil again for about 2 to 3 minutes until noodles are cooked. 
3. Get ready to eat! :P 

Note: Have your stock and sauce mixture ready on the side so the soup of your stew can can easily be replenished.