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Kimchi Stew

Jewish mothers make chicken soup; Korean mothers make kimchi stew with the spicy pickled cabbage that is the national dish of Korea. Hearty Mushroom Stock stands up to spicy chiles in kimchi and adds an earthy note to this one-pot meal. The spiciness of the stew depends on the kimchi used—feel free to add more or less according to your tastes.



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1 Tbs. vegetable oil
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1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
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1½ cups kimchi
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½ tsp. sugar
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1 tsp. rice vinegar, optional
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1 russet potato, peeled and cut into 1½-inch cubes (1 cup)
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2 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
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1 10.5-oz. pkg. firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
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¼ cup grated or julienned carrot
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¼ cup grated or julienned daikon radish


1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until beginning to brown. Add kimchi and sugar, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in Mushroom Stock and rice vinegar, if using, and add potato. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes, or until potato cubes are soft

2. Add cabbage and tofu, cover, and cook 3 minutes more. Serve garnished with julienned carrot and daikon radish.

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9 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
16 g
0 mg
458 mg
3 g
3 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe


Great for a winter night, or for nursing sick people back to health! I didn't have napa cabbage on hand, so I added a bit of shredded green cabbage earlier in the cooking so it had time to soften.

I always use Kimchi with regular ramen noodle mix and spinach. Very delicious. Mushrooms and tofu sound like a great addition.

Most kimchi have shrimp paste or fish sauce. It's usually "white" kimchi that doesn't. However it may lack flavor.

Hi! I'm not a really good cook myself but I really wanna try out this recipe! Can I know the measurements of the cup for mushroom stock so that I don't mess it up ? :)