Budae Chigae or Korean Army Base Stew

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 30 Mins
  • TotalTime: 40 Mins


  1. 1 1/2 cups meat (in small chunks; spam, hot dogs, ham, small meatballs, or a combination)
  2. 1 1/2 cups vegetables (sliced; a combination of any: mushrooms, bean sprouts, chrysanthemum leaves).
  3. 1/2 onion (sliced)
  4. 3 tablespoons kochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  5. 1 package ramen noodles (just noodles, not spice packets)
  6. Optional: kimchi
  7. Optional: sliced rice cakes
  8. Optional: canned baked beans
  9. Optional: sliced American cheese


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. To begin making budae chigae, put all of the ingredients into a large pot.TipOnce again, this dish is far from a traditional Korean meal, so feel free to customize it how you see fit. If you don't like your food very spicy, like many Americans, use less spice. If you don't eat processed meats, such as hot dogs, try making your own meatballs from scratch for the meal, though this will add more steps and time to the process. 
  3. Once you've added all of your preferred ingredients in a pot, cover them with enough water to just submerge them.
  4. Next, bring the contents to a rapid boil. You'll see small bubbles start to form.
  5. Then, reduce the heat on the mixture and simmer the contents for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy with white rice.