Tomato Kimchi Stew
Tomato adds a little flavor twist to the traditional Korean kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae). The tomato sauce in the kimchi stew will brighten up the flavor without tasting it. This gluten-free tomato kimchi stew is easy and simple enough that anyone can make and enjoy.
Kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae) is beloved Korean stew dish. Combination with pork is the most common version that people enjoy. Have you tasted kimchi stew made with tomatoes? It sounds weird but it is really tasty.
You don’t taste the prominent tomato flavor in the stew but the tomatoes make the flavor of broth so intriguingly tasty and lovely.
Here I turned the tradition Korean pork kimchi stew with tomatoes, and it’s gluten-free! If you try it, you will see what I mean.
Fermented Kimchi and Tomatoes for Kimchi Stew
The vibrant flavor of tomatoes pairs very fermented kimchi to another level. I love the refreshing taste the tomato brings to the broth that balances the meaty flavor from the pork.
You can use fresh tomatoes but I like to use canned tomato sauce. Mainly because it is convenient. You can even try with tomato juice or crushed tomatoes with the equal amount.
- Use pork shoulder or pork butt instead of lean pork loin. You will need a little bit of fat content in the pork to bring the maximum taste.
- Freshly made kimchi doesn’t bring the deep robust flavor of kimchi stew. Use very sour cabbage kimchi for the best result. The sourer, the better. You will need to add a tiny amount of sugar to balance out the acidity.
- Use soft tofu in the stew. They tend to soak up the flavor of stew better than the from kind.
- I like to use rice starch water to naturally thicken the broth. You will find how easy it is to get the rice starch water from just washing the rice in the link. You can use plain water if rice starch water is not available.
How to make Tomato Kimchi Stew
Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat, saute onion and pork for 2-3 minutes. Add the diced kimchi and sugar.
Continue to saute for another 2 minutes
Pour the rice starch water into the pot.
And add the tomato sauce.
Add the kimchi liquid and stir well and bring to gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover; simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Add the sliced tofu and green onion; heat through for 3-4 minutes. Season with Korean soy sauce for soup according to your taste.
Serving and Storage Suggestion
Serve this stew hot with a bowl of rice. Try with the roasted seaweed sheets when you serve kimchi stew. Your Korean friend will be very impressed.
Store the leftover stew in the refrigerator up to 1 week. To reheat, warm it up in a pot on the stove or microwave until hot.
Other Korean Stews You might like
- Classic Doenjang Jjigae (Korean Soybean Paste Stew)
- Spicy Soft Tofu Stew with Beef and Seafood
- Korean Spicy Pork and Zucchini Stew
Tomato Kimchi Stew
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 1/2 lb pork shoulder or pork butt
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 2 cup diced sour cabbage kimchi
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 1/2 – 3 cup rice starch water or plain water
- 1 can, 8 oz tomato sauce
- 3 tbsp kimchi liquid
- 1 pkg (8 oz) soft tofu
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp Korean soup soy sauce (gukganjang)
- Heat oil in a soup pot over medium hight heat. Add the pork and onion and cook for 2-3 minute until pork is no longer in pink.
- Add the kimchi and sugar; continue to cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice starch water, tomato sauce, kimchi liquid; stir well and bring to a gentle boil. Over with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the stew for 15-20 minutes.
- Add the tofu and green onion; heat through for 3-4 minutes. Season the stew with Korean soy sauce for soup according to your taste. Serve hot with rice
Could not find Chili paste at my grocery store and thought about adding tomato sauce to my kimchi soup and found your recipe. Now I’m obsessed thank you so much!! Can’t believe a beginner like me could cook something so delish <3
I am glad that you found my recipe. I love adding tomato in the kimchi soup. It does brighten up the flavor and makes it so tasty. Thank you so much for your comment.
It might sound strange, but after watching a Korean series on Netflix and cooking about 10-15 Korean dishes, I have become a Korea fan. I’ve never really gave it much thought before, but now it is defintely in the top 5 of the countries I would like to visit the most. I am glad to have found your blog, beautiful recipes that I know I would love!
Simple yet very appetizing!
This looks wonderful! So much flavor — a really neat recipe. Thanks!