Kimchi Noodle Soup With Wilted Greens

Kimchi Noodle Soup With Wilted Greens

Jjigae, a classic Korean kimchi stew, is the inspiration for this spicy, comforting soup. Unlike many soups, this one doesn’t require a lengthy simmer on the stovetop to develop complex flavor, as its ingredients bring complexity: Soy sauce adds umami and kimchi provides pleasant funkiness. Should you want to add shrimp, toss them in with the greens in Step 4, as they only take a minute or so to cook through. While jjigae is traditionally served with white rice, here it is served with delightfully chewy Japanese udon noodles. Although garnishes are always optional, the suggested toppings really take it there, and you should.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook udon according to package instructions. Drain and distribute evenly among serving bowls.
  2. Step 2

    In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the scallions, ginger and garlic, and cook until they begin to soften and the garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Season well with salt.
  3. Step 3

    Stir in the kimchi and kimchi juice and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Step 4

    Add the stock and the soy sauce sauce and stir together to combine. Bring to a simmer and stir in your greens. Allow everything to simmer until the greens are tender and the flavors have come together, 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust with salt if needed.
  5. Step 5

    Ladle the soup over the udon and garnish with scallions and other toppings to taste.