"This [American Girl's] Soondubu is Legit!"

August 12, 2016

Hello! This post was inspired by a good friend and fellow soup connoisseur who joined me for dinner last night.  One the menu: Soondubu (or Korean spicy tofu soup).  In his words, my version of soondubu "was legit".

Here's the basic recipe:

2 tbs sesame oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
4-6 tbs red chili paste (found at Japanese or Korean markets)
4 cups organic chicken broth
3 tbs dried bonito soup stock (found at Japanese or Korean markets)
1-2 cups of kimchi (found at my local Costco!)
1 package soft or silken tofu
1 cup sliced green onion
dash of soy sauce or low sodium amino acids
dash of fish sauce
2 room temperature organic eggs

Optional ingredients:
1 cup sauteed zucchini or mushroom
2 cups of cooked brown or white rice for serving


  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chile paste, stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the optional zucchini or mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes or until soft.
  4. Add the kimchi and cook, stirring occasionally, until simmering, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the broth, bonito stock, soy sauce, and fish sauce and bring to a boil.
  6. Using a large serving spoon, add the tofu by very large spoonfuls, taking care not to break up the tofu into little bits.
  7. Add green onion and eggs to boiling soup and cook, covered, for 1-2 minutes until egg whites are cooked.

Serve immediately with a side of steamed rice

My credentials?  I lived in K-Town NYC for a year...does that count as a credential?

Some pictures to help you shop for "exotic" ingredients:

Red Chili Paste


Red Chili Paste


Fish Sauce

Bonito Soup Stock

Sesame Oil


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