Spicy Kimchi Soup With Pork Tenderloin And Tofu Recipe | Tasting

This Korean dish is rich with tofu, pork and fiery chile

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Spicy Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae) With Pork Tenderloin And Tofu
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Spicy Kimchi Soup (Kimchi Jigae) with Pork Tenderloin and Tofu
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Total time: 30 minutes
  • ½ pound pork tenderloin, sliced crosswise into ¼-inch thick pieces
  • 2¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias and whites separated from green tops
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons Gochujang (Korean red chile paste)
  • 1 teaspoon Gochugaru (Korean dried red chile powder)
  • ½ pound firm tofu, sliced into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 cups cabbage-based kimchi, with liquid
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • Steamed white rice, for serving
  1. Season the pork with ¾ teaspoon of salt and the pepper and set aside. In a large pot set over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil. Once it starts to shimmer, about 2 minutes, add the pork tenderloin. Cook until the pork is browned, 1½ to 2 minutes. Use tongs to turn the pork over and brown the other side, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. To the pot, add the sliced scallion whites and cook, stirring often, until soft, 1 to 1½ minutes. Stir in the garlic, and once fragrant, after about 30 seconds, stir in the gochujang, gochugaru and tofu. Add the kimchi, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce and remaining 1½ teaspoons of salt, bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer 20 minutes, return the pork to the pot along with any accumulated juices and simmer 1 minute more. Serve the soup in bowls sprinkled with the sliced green scallions and alongside steamed white rice.
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