Vegan Mushroom Jjigae

Koreans love their jjigae, which is a Korean term for stew. They can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as seafood to just a bunch of kimchi and tofu, spicy or mild.

Jjigaes aren't always fancy or an ordeal to cook. I usually decide to make a jjigae depending on what I have around in the fridge that day. I don't need other banchans on the table when I eat a jjigae. When I have jjigae I want to get intimate with it, no distractions you know?All I need is a bowl of rice and some kimchi 

A popular ingredient for jjigae is dwenjang, Korean fermented soybean paste. With beautiful mushrooms I got at the market and some soft tofu in the fridge, I decided to make a hearty dwenjang vegan jjigae for a meatless weekday meal. I love the chunkiness from the veggies and the softness from the tofu in this jjigae. The pungency from the cheong-guk jang really gets your taste buds going too. Delicious.

Ingredients: 

3 cups of vegetable stock (check out my vegan recipe here)

2 tablespoons dwenjang

1 tablespoon shiro miso (if you don't have it substitute with regular dwenjang) 

1/2 cup crumbled cheong-guk jang 

1/2 cup dried shiitakes (rehydrate first and squeeze dry before adding to jjigae)

2 cups of chopped mushrooms of your choice (I used king oyster and enoki mushrooms)

7 oz silken tofu (you can use any medium or firm tofu too)

1/2 medium onion, diced

1/2 cup diced zucchini

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon gochugaru (coarse ground Korean chili flakes)

2 green onions, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

1 small Serrano pepper, finely chopped (optional)

 

Bring your stock to a boil and add in dwenjang, miso and cheong-guk jang. Use a whisk to loosen up pastes. Once the stock returns to a boil add in mushrooms, onion, zucchini and bring again to a boil. Add tofu, garlic, gochugaru and let simmer until vegetables are soft, about 7 minutes. At the end of cooking add in green onion and pepper. Serve hot as possible!

 

   No this is not an oatmeal cookie. Behold the funky goodness of cheong-guk jang.

 No this is not an oatmeal cookie. Behold the funky goodness of cheong-guk jang.