Soondubu (Korean Tofu Stew) Recipe

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For the stock:           

  • 10 dried anchovies
  • 4 cups of water
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms

For the soup:

  • ½ cup kimchi, store bought or homemade
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 finely chopped scallion, plus more for garnish
  • 1 box silken tofu, cut into large cubes
  • 1 egg (optional)

This healthy soup is a mainstay of Korean cuisine, perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather. No matter how stuffed up you are, you can still taste kimchi, especially when backed by the power of thick, spicy gochujang, Korea's go-to condiment.

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For the stock:

Place anchovies in a mesh tea strainer ball or tie in a cheesecloth. Bring water to a boil in a large pot with anchovies, onion, garlic, ginger and mushrooms, boil for 15 minutes, then simmer for 20, skimming the surface occasionally. Remove anchovies and ginger and discard.

For the soup:

Add kimchi, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce and chili paste. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add scallions and tofu and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve piping hot garnished with chopped scallions, a drizzle of sesame oil and an egg cracked into the soup (if using) – the heat will cook it just enough.          


Calories per serving:

287 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 35g 54%
  • Carbs 45g 15%
  • Saturated 5g 27%
  • Fiber 7g 30%
  • Sugars 8g
  • Monounsaturated 13g
  • Polyunsaturated 14g
  • Protein 26g 52%
  • Cholesterol 34mg 11%
  • Sodium 8,050mg 335%
  • Calcium 222mg 22%
  • Magnesium 195mg 49%
  • Potassium 1,122mg 32%
  • Iron 5mg 27%
  • Zinc 5mg 31%
  • Phosphorus 343mg 49%
  • Vitamin A 16µg 2%
  • Vitamin C 11mg 19%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 14%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 39%
  • Niacin (B3) 13mg 67%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 40%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 95µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 9%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin K 55µg 69%
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