Korean Food Post 1: Dwen Jang (Miso) Jjigae

This is Wen’s favorite dish by far, so this post is just for her so that she can make it when she wants to. 🙂

It is a Korean soup called dwen jang jjigae, with a miso base and lots of veggies.  I am tired so I will be concise tonight!



  • Garlic (5-6 cloves)
  • Onion (2 for a big pot)
  • Potatoes (2)
  • Zucchini (2)
  • long pepper (1 is fine, ours was way too spicy)
  • scallion

  • beef (1/2 lb-ish)

Asian ingredients:

  • tofu (1 box)
  • sesame oil
  • 3 big spoonfuls of “dwen jang” (bean paste, or Korean miso)
  • a little bit of “ggoh chu jang” (red pepper paste)

Before you start, chop up all your veggies..

Here we go!

1. As always, start with the garlic simmering in sesame oil.

2. Throw in the chopped up onion and pepper.  Sautee until they are done.

3. Throw in the beef into the mix and cook until the beef is done!

4.  Pour in some water (not too much because we still have plenty left to put in!) and wait for the water to boil.

5.  Add the miso paste (3 big spoonfuls, taste and add more if necessary) and just a TAD bit of the red pepper paste.

6. Add zucchini and potatoes.  Zucchini is awesome!

7. Add tofu and let soup boil for a while so all the flavors can mix together!



About Wen and Carol Cook in Boston

Wen is an MD/PhD candidate at the Harvard Medical School. She is a monster tennis player and ran her first marathon in October 2011! Carol is a current student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Education Policy and Management. She likes to cook anything that is easy, figuring out new ways to multitask when preparing meals, and then watching Arrested Development while enjoying the fruits of her cooking. Wen and Carol both know the words to every song in The Sound of Music.

One response to “Korean Food Post 1: Dwen Jang (Miso) Jjigae

  1. Anna

    YUMMMMM, feeed me pleaseeeeeee 🙂

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