“This is basically a giant bowl of goodness. It was a good dish for my husband and I to share because I loved the rice noodles and tofu and he loved the meat and ramen.”
“This was incredibly satisfying and hit the spot. It was like the best kind of East Asian-American fusion comfort food ever! I've been looking for this ever since I had the opportunity to try it on a trip to South Korea a few years ago.
The official name of this is actually 'Budae jjigae' which translates to 'Army Base Stew'. It's aptly named because it originated it in the Uijeongbu, Pyeongtaek and Munsan area in South korea after the Korean war (mid-1950s). Food was so scarce that people made us of surplus army surplus.
This particular version used thick slices of tofu, instant ramen, hot dogs, spam, bacon, cabbage and thick cut rice noodles in a broth made from gochujang (red chili paste) and kimchi.
Before you judge me and say 'gross', you have to give this dish a chance (provided you eat meat).
Portion wise, it was huge. It could easily be shared by 4 people.