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Kimchi Ji-gae (Korean fermented-cabbage soup)

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Recipe from David Tanis, New York Times. Yield: 6 to 8 servings. I made a couple of changes this time (colored text)

1 pound fresh pork belly, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger (I use the grated ginger Target sells in the frozen section)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped (didn't have a whole onion so I used a small one)
2 cups kimchi, aged if possible, squeezed dry and chopped
3 tablespoons Korean red pepper paste (gochujang)
1 tablespoon Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru) (To help keep it keto, I used 2 T gochujang and 2 T of gochujaru mixed with 2 T sesame oil.)
1 cup kimchi juice
8 cups water (for a richer soup, use chicken, pork or beef broth)
8 ounces soft or silken tofu, cut in large cubes
8 scallions or Korean chives, chopped, for garnish

1. Put pork belly in a bowl. Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and fish sauce. Toss well to coat and let marinate for 10 minutes.
2. Set a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Melt butter, then add pork belly mixture and let it cook gently for 5 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Turn heat to medium high and add kimchi, gochujang and gochugaru. Let mixture simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Add kimchi juice and water (or broth, if using) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a brisk simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Taste broth and adjust seasoning.
4. Just before serving, add tofu and stir gently to combine. When tofu is heated through, ladle into bowls and garnish with scallions.

A great meal for when it's cold and wet out. Warms you from the inside out!
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@Steve-o I noticed the recipe calls for aged Kimchi which reminded my that the only time there was Kimchi ji-gae for lunch was when the Kimchi in the shop refrigerators got funky. About every 3 or 4 weeks.
@Wooleybooger I have to admit to being unfamiliar with "aged" kimchi. It's a fermented product, so imo freshness is kind of a relative thing anyway. And the kimchi I used had been in my fridge for maybe four months. So it was at least somewhat aged. It seemed to work well enough.
Yeah I'd say that was aged. Seemed to me the taste changes some on other Kimchi, doesn't taste fresh if you can apply that word to it.
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I decided to go to Hong Kong market today in search of Kimchi. Pretty sure they get deliveries on Monday or Tuesday but I doesn't last long. The I looked in my refrigerator, cancel that trip no room. Many Koreans have dedicated refrigerators for Kimchi and the makings.
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