Vegan Budae Jjigae – Korean Army Stew

Budae Jjigae

This vegan Budae Jjigae, or Korean Army Stew, uses easily accessible ingredients simmering in a cozy broth and a spicy & savory sauce. Perfect for a cold or rainy day!

What is Vegan Budae Jjigae?

Budae Jjigae or Korean Army Stew is a Korean fusion stew that incorporates Korean flavors and American-styled processed food such as spam, sausages, canned baked beans, and sliced cheese. It was a very popular food option right after the Korean wars, as food back then was scarce and processed food was accessible to many Korean people.

This recipe is my plant-based take on the classic Budae Jjigae and uses a variety of vegetables, mushrooms, and soft tofu. It’s a comforting dish that is full of flavors from the Gochujang-based sauce.

Why you’ll love this Vegan Budae Jjigae recipe

This recipe is:

  • Made in one pot: this recipe is made in a shallow pot, you just need to add all the ingredients and sauce then simmer.
  • Easy and quick to make: it can be made in 15 minutes with easy preparation and cooking techniques
  • Customizable: the ingredients in this Budae Jjigae are customizable according to your preferences
  • Comforting: it’s a comforting recipe for cold or rainy days
  • Ideal for spice lovers: this recipe definitely has a bit of heat, however, you can reduce and add more gochujang than the recommended amount to fit your liking.
  • Perfect for a gathering with friends: as this recipe is served in a hotpot style, it can be enjoyed with friends or family. Gather around the pot, then each person takes out the cooked ingredients and adds more to the pot in the meanwhile.

Ingredients & substitutions

For 2 servings, this recipe uses ingredients such as:

  • 100g enoki mushroom
  • 50g oyster mushroom
  • 100g cabbage or other greens
  • 200g soft or silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 50g bean sprouts
  • Ramen noodles
  • Scallions (green onions)
Budae Jjigae ingredients
Budae Jjigae ingredients

You can customize the soup ingredients based on what you have. Other suggestions could be:

  • Shiitake mushrooms or other mushrooms
  • Rice noodles
  • Bok choy
  • Plant-based meat products like meatballs or sausages

For the Gochujang-based sauce, I use gochujang, soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar, sesame oil and half of the seasoning from the ramen package.

How to make this recipe

First, prep all the ingredients: cut the tofu into pieces, wash the vegetables and mushrooms, thinly chop the scallion and make the sauce using the sauce ingredients.

Then, add the ingredients (minus the ramen noodles and scallion) to a shallow pot. Add water and cover with a lid until it comes to a boil.

Add all the ingredients to the pot

Simmer the ingredients for 7 minutes or until cooked. Then add the ramen noodles and simmer for an additional 3 minutes.

Add ramen noodles and simmer for an additional 3 minutes

Serve the recipe by gradually taking out some ingredients from the stew in a soup bowl.

Serve the Budae Jjigae
Vegan Budae Jjigae

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Budae Jjigae

Vegan Budae Jjigae – Korean Army Stew

  • Author: Veggie Anh
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 23 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan Budae Jjigae is a plant-based version of the Korean Army Stew, using easily accessible ingredients in a simmering broth and a spicy & savory sauce. Perfect for a cold or rainy day!


Units Scale

Sauce ingredients:

Soup ingredients:

  • 100g enoki mushroom
  • 100g oyster mushroom
  • 100g cabbage or other greens
  • 200g soft or silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 100g bean sprouts
  • 1 scallion
  • 12 instant ramen noodles
  • 1 liter of water


  1. Prepare all the ingredients by washing the vegetables, cutting the tofu into equal-sized pieces, and chopping the scallion. Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Assemble the ingredients: enoki mushroom, oyster mushroom, cabbage, silken tofu, kimchi, and bean sprouts in a shallow pot. Add the sauce to the middle of the pot. 
  3. Pour the water on top of the ingredients and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 7 minutes or until all the ingredients are cooked.
  4. Add the ramen noodles and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions.
  5. Serve by taking the ingredients out and adding them to your soup bowl. Enjoy with the noodles and broth!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Korean

Keywords: vegan, budae jjigae, Korean food, Korean recipes, Korean Army Stew

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