In past years, there were a lot of different varieties of ‘Army Stew’ or Troop Stew’ coming out of South Korea. It’s more commonly known as Budae Jjigae. So, what is it?
Well, when US soldiers were in South Korea during the Korean War, they were issued food to eat while they were there by the military of course. When they left, they gave surplus to the locals, who created a dish known as Budae Jjigae, marrying East and West cuisines. Kimchi meets SPAM, for example.
Here we have a US branch of a South Korean company putting forth another Budae Jjigae variety. I’ve loved this stuff in the past, but how will this one fare? Let’s find out!
Nongshim K-Army Stew Style Noodle Soup With Chili Beans
Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add everything to 500ml boiling water and cook 4 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry sachet of soup base powder.
A dry sachet of garnish.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, spring onion, dry salami, barbecue pork, processed cheese, macaroni and cheese,, and chili flake. Wow. Okay, the noodles are very good – nice tick and plump quantity here. The broth has this spicy, tangy and confort foody kind of melange of rich flavor that is indicative of budae jjigae. I think the inclusion of the beans add to the heartiness for sure. Little bits of SPAM-like fishcake are abundant. Been missing a good budae jjigae and looks like there’s one available again! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 031146054282.
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