Bu Dae Jungol is a Korean-American fusion dish that means “army base stew” in Korean. The name might sound a bit bizarre at first but it perfectly captures the origin of the dish. Bu Dae Jungol was born out of an area in Korea near Seoul called Uijeongbu where the American military base stationed after the Korean War. Through the presence of the American military base, canned American food items such as spam, sausages, and baked beans were introduced to Korea. The locals then took what was immediately available to them in American ingredients and made a Korean style stew out of them, further adding Korean food staples such as kimchi and ramen, which then became Bu Dae Jungol. Overtime, Bu Dae Jungol has become an incredibly popular dish not only in Korea, but all over the world. Once you have a taste of this dish, you’ll understand why. Spicy and savory goodness simmering in a rich broth make a dish that can be considered a guilty pleasure by many for its high calorie intake. As one of the best comfort foods in Korean cuisine with ample portions, Bu Dae Jungol is optimal for sharing with a group. During summertime, it is commonly spotted on camping grounds. Thanks to its simple cooking requirements that entail gathering all the ingredients such as ham, sausages, noodles, and an assortment of vegetables into a pot, pouring in a generous serving of seasoned pork broth, then bringing it all to a boil, Bu Dae Jungol is difficult to mess up. At Hwa Gae Jang Tuh, we cook the dish right on the spot, so you almost feel like you’re camping too.
Posted on 7/15/2019