Our kimchi soup is so delicious with a flavoursome broth that's rich, a little sour and spicy. It's served with noodles, tofu and mushrooms, making it one of our favourite Korean dishes. The broth is flavoured with kimchi juice, ginger, garlic and chilli flakes. It's just as good as the kimchi soup from your local Korean restaurant.
I love kimchi that I always have it in my home. I eat kimchi with cooked rice and not just Korean recipes, but as a side for just about anything Asian I cook. It's so delicious, I came up with the idea that I can use some kimchi to make a delicious kimchi soup. That lovely, well fermented kimchi can help create such as satisfying meal. It's an ode to Korean cuisine.
The kimchi soup takes just 10 minute to prepare and about 30-40 minutes to cook.
What is kimchi?
Kimchi is a popular Korean food prepared with napa cabbage, daikon raddish, garlic, ginger, chilli peppers. and onion springs. There are several variations and every Korean family has its own recipe they follow.
Kimchi is the Korean version of sauerkraut but with delicious Korean flavours. Kimchi tastes like a crunchy, spicy pickle. It's fantastic served with steamed rice or tofu. Most kimchi comes in bite sized pieces you can pick up with chopsticks.
How to make kimchi soup
Gather all your ingredients. The main things that make your kimchi soup taste wonderful are:
Soy sauce - I mean, soy sauce is essential in any Korean food. It gives your soup that perfect salty taste.
Brown sugar - Use a little brown sugar to make your broth taste a little sweet. It will take some of that sourness from the kimchi away. The sugar brings out the perfect taste of soy sauce and spiciness from the kimchi. You can use agave syrup if you prefer.
Chili flakes - Kimchi is fairly spicy as it is but we want that kimchi soup to have such a great flavour profile, right? Add gochugaru, also known as Korean chili flakes.
Shiitake mushrooms - The umami flavour you need to make your vegetable broth perfect.
Add kimchi juice - Add some of that kimchi juice to your soup. The perfect sour, spicy profile, especially from a well aged kimchi.
Add tofu - You'll want some consistency, so tofu is perfect for it. Combined with the noodles of your choice, the tofu will keep your hunger at bay.
First, we sautée the onion, garlic and ginger. We add the kimchi, the water, the sugar, soy sauce and the chili flakes.
Follow with the mushrooms, tofu and greens (I use pak choy). Cook on medium heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook your favourite noodles and add them to a bowl. Cover with kimchi soup and garnish with spring onion and coriander.
That's it, super simple, you are now ready to enjoy your delicious kimchi soup!
Is kimchi soup the same as kimchi jjigae recipe?
No, it's not. Jjigae kimchi is basically a kimchi stew, entirely different from our kimchi soup. Our kimchi soup has a lot more liquid and it's eaten with noddles.
Can you put kimchi in soup?
Yes, and it tastes fantastic. You will make the most delicious kimchi soup, that's healthy and so good for you.
Is kimchi soup good for you?
Kimchi soup is excellent for you. It's packed with nutrients and vitamin C. The extra vegetables count towards your five a day.
How do you eat kimchi soup?
The best way to eat kimchi soup is with noddles. Make the noodles of your choice and put them in a bowl. Cover them with kimchi soup and dig right in.
What does kimchi soup taste like?
Kimchi soup is rich and delicious. It tastes a little sour, spicy with a sweet after-taste.
Can kimchi soup be kept overnight?
Yes. Just put it in an airtight container or leave it in its large pot, covered, and refrigerate it overnight.
Is kimchi soup good for weight loss?
Kimchi on its own has very few calories, being ideal for weight loss. However, the kimchi soup has tofu as well as noddles, so it's fairly rich in calories.
How do you make kimchi soup more sour?
Add less sugar and more kimchi juice to the soup to increase its sour profile.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.