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The Origins of Uijongbu’s Budaejjigae

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Over at Yonhap they have an article posted about Uijongbu’s Budaejjigae Street:

In the city of Uijeongbu, about 20 kilometers northeast of Seoul, there is a small road named after a stew, with a sign above it that reads in capital letters, “Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street.”

According to the owners of many of the restaurants that line this street, Uijeongbu — and by some accounts, this very street — is where “budae jjigae,” one of South Korea’s most popular dishes, was invented.

“Budae jjigae started with leftovers from the U.S. Army in Uijeongbu, and Uijeongbu doesn’t have any other food that it’s famous for,” said Lee Ok-hyang, who recently opened a restaurant called Ohmilak Budae Jjigae near this very street. “People associate budae jjigae with Uijeongbu.”

Budae jjigae, or “army base stew,” is a thick soup that combines Western meats — like hot dogs, sausages, ham and Spam — with traditional Korean ingredients — like kimchi, red chili paste and various vegetables. Some restaurants add other ingredients — instant ramen noodles, sliced American cheese, baked beans or tofu — to increase the portion or enhance the flavor.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link about budaejjigae’s origins in the city.  You can also read more about Uijongbu and my own budaejjigae restaurant recommendation at the below links:

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  • Leon LaPorte
    4:14 pm on June 26th, 2012 1

    Budaejjigae is one of my top favorite foods of all time… all time! :grin:

    /Like to get a little budae in my jjigae

  • someotherguy
    7:20 pm on June 26th, 2012 2

    Absolutely amazing food. Gotta love it.

  • dave in songtan
    12:38 am on June 27th, 2012 3

    Sure does keep the crappy Bar S hot dogs flying off the commissary shelves!

  • Teadrinker
    12:42 am on June 27th, 2012 4

    Yes, you know it’s great fastfood because it’s loaded with salt and cholesterol. ;-)

  • Teadrinker
    12:43 am on June 27th, 2012 5


    They actually import these legally, now. I’ve bought some at Emart to chop up and put in ramen.

  • tbonetylr
    2:22 am on June 27th, 2012 6

    Wonderful! A Korean dish created by stealing from America/Americans. :shock: Here ye hear ye er hear me, come get your stolen plate now, if the Korean gov’t can’t market that Korean dish worldwide Korean food will never catch on(like Chinese food in America).

    How about some back payments, all those Korean restaurants/owners owe some big $$$ to America?

  • leon LaPorte
    4:18 am on June 27th, 2012 7

    And one of the ingredients for traditional kalbi marinade is Coca Cola. I’ve ran into that multiple times in different places over the years. :razz:

  • Tom
    4:32 am on June 27th, 2012 8

    Agreed, this food is a theft by Korea. I like to offer an apology on behalf of the thieving race. I am sorry, Americans because Koreans are thieves. Is there anything I can do to make up for this?

  • Teadrinker
    8:45 am on June 27th, 2012 9


    No, that’s just some restaurants’s “secret ingredient”.

  • leon LaPorte
    12:35 pm on June 27th, 2012 10

    9. I’m not talking about restaurants. :razz:

  • Denny
    7:48 pm on June 27th, 2012 11

    It is literally junk food.

  • Tom
    8:05 pm on June 27th, 2012 12

    #11 well no wonder it’s junk food, it was created and stolen from America/Americans. Read post number 6. :roll:

  • Cal
    8:56 pm on June 27th, 2012 13

    Budaejjigae – the original Korean-American fusion food!

    It’s origins are probably more humble than Tbone suggests. Most Koreans during the war and for many years after were dirt-poor and had few sources of animal protein. Would anyone find it surprising that very little edible material going into the trash at US military chow-halls actually made it to its destination? Meat scraps would have been precious to starving Koreans and would not have been allowed to go to waste…

    Of course, there is always some fishy stuff going on but theft of unused chow-hall supplies or GIs diverting from the commissary were not likely the original sources of the “meat” going into these peasants’ stews.

    I doubt anyone here would be so highly principled as to not do the same if living under similar duress.

  • guitard
    9:34 pm on June 27th, 2012 14

    Tom wrote:

    Agreed, this food is a theft by Korea. I like to offer an apology on behalf of the thieving race.

    Why is a Canadian apologizing on behalf of Korea?

  • fe52999g
    1:44 pm on January 16th, 2013 15

    good stuff


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