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gang doenjang - reduced & thickened soybean stew!


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Step 1

Rinse rice under running water. Throw out the water after the first rinse. Rinse the rice a SECOND time and save the residual water (set aside 1 cups worth) - we'll use it as broth. Then continue cooking your rice as you normally would.

Step 2

Note: You can skip the rice water and use 1 Cup of Anchovy-Kelp Broth or 1 Cup of Veggie Stock broth instead.

Step 3

Peel and finely dice 1 onion into small pieces. Next, peel and dice 1 potato into small cubes.

Step 4

Then dice 3 Shiitake mushrooms into small pieces.

Step 5

Finely chop 1-2 Cheongyang Chili Peppers (Note: I used 3 peppers in the video as I like it slightly spicier - but I recommend using only 1 or 2 chili peppers for your first time)

Step 6

Dice 1/2 a block of tofu (150 grams) into small cubes.

Step 7

Mince garlic cloves and set aside 1 Tablespoons worth.

Step 8

Place some cooking oil into a wok. Then add in the diced Shiitake mushrooms. Stir-fry it around until the mushrooms start to sweat.

Step 9

Then add in the diced onions. As well as the diced potatoes. You can add a dash of more cooking oil if you need. Then stir-fry everything together!

Step 10

Once the onions start to turn translucent, add in 2/3 cup of the Rice Water (or Anchovy & Kelp broth).

Step 11

Then add in 3 Tablespoons of Doenjang. Mix it thoroughly into the rice water until it becomes dissolved.

Step 12

Then add-in Minced Garlic (1 Tablespoon).

Step 13

Then add-in Gochujang paste (1/2 Tablespoon). (Note: You can also add 1/2 Tablespoon of Gochugaru flakes if you want it spicier)

Step 14

Then add in 1/2 Tablespoon of Honey (or Maesil if you have it).

Step 15

Then add in the Tofu cubes.

Step 16

Add in the Chopped Chili Peppers as well (optional).

Step 17

Mix everything around for a few minutes. Then add-in 1/3 cup of the remaining Rice Water (or Anchovy & Kelp Broth).

Step 18

Let the stew reduce until the potatoes turn soft and it turns into a chunky texture - as shown in the video. (Note: If it reduces too much, its okay to add a bit more broth or dash of water)

Step 19

Once potatoes turn soft, turn off the heat. Give it a final taste - again, feel free to add a splash of more broth if it tastes too strong or spicy. (But the taste should be on point!)

Step 20

Enjoy this Gang Doenjang as Lettuce Wraps: Place a scoop of hot rice onto lettuce and then scoop on some Gang Deonjang. Carefully fold it up and eat it like a lettuce wrap!

Step 21

Or Enjoy this Gang Doenjang as Bibimbap: Place a few scoops of the Gang Doenjang over hot rice and mix it together thoroughly. Bon Appetit!

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