This dish started after the Korean War when food was in short supply. Canned ham, hot dogs, and beans were taken from American military bases and mixed with traditional Korean kimchi, vegetables, noodles, and spicy seasonings to create a delicious spicy and hearty stew. I first had this dish in a Korean restaurant near my home. It was so good that I went on a quest to figure out how to make it for myself. My version is pretty traditional and fairly spicy. Find a Korean/Asian market for the kimchi, pepper paste, and powder. It is worth it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
27 mins
total:
57 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Divide luncheon meat into 2 piles on either side of a stock pot. Layer sausage, onion, and kimchi on top, leaving an empty space in the center of the pot.

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  • Mix red pepper powder, soy sauce, gochujang, garlic, and black pepper together in a small bowl; pour into the center of the pot. Sprinkle in green onion. Pour in chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer stew, stirring occasionally, until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil; add ramen noodles. Cook and stir until partially cooked and softened, about 2 minutes. Drain; stir into stew. Cook and stir until ramen noodles are tender but firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Top stew with American cheese.

Cook's Note:

Anchovy broth can be substituted for the chicken broth if desired.

Nutrition Facts

697 calories; protein 30.9g 62% DV; carbohydrates 40.9g 13% DV; fat 45.7g 70% DV; cholesterol 96.6mg 32% DV; sodium 4193.6mg 168% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2020
Awesome flavor... Had to cut the spicy ingredients to a third though. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2019
It was alright. Had to use some Dasida (MSG) to make it a bit better along with the chicken stock. Read More
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2017
Great for easy Korea dinner! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2019
This is a great BASE recipe. I actually changed it bit b/c people said it was bland (I also live close to Korea so...) #1 I used beef broth NOT chicken (has no flavor) #2 I added fresh tomato and more garlic to get that nummy soup flavor #3 I used a sweet Taiwan Style sausage to compliment the spicy of the Kimchi These additions changed the flavor A LOT. I also added a bit more Gochujang and Korean pepper powder. And, lets be real, I used the noodles from Cup O Noodles. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2019
It was alright. Had to use some Dasida (MSG) to make it a bit better along with the chicken stock. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2020
Awesome flavor... Had to cut the spicy ingredients to a third though. Read More
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