Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
9 Mins
Total Time
44 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups soup and 2 tablespoons green onions)

For me, this soup is pure, easy comfort. At many restaurants, it comes to the table boiling hot--literally bubbling in a stone pot for a few minutes. The broth is tangy and slightly spicy, flavored by the kimchi. Good, strong, very fermented kimchi makes for the best soup; if your kimchi seems mild, let it sit out of the fridge for a day to gain a little more fermenty funk.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut bone from pork; reserve bone. Cut meat across the grain into very thin slices. Place pork in a medium bowl. Add chile, garlic, and oil; toss well to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture; sauté 3 minutes or until pork is lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove pork from pan. Add reserved bone and kimchi to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 3 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Cut tofu into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut slices crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces.

Step 4

Remove bone from soup. Return pork mixture to soup. Add tofu to soup; simmer 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

BunnyJiggle's Review

January 05, 2014

wonderwab's Review

November 02, 2012
Ugh. I really wanted to like this recipe, as I love kimchi. It almost never happens that I can't finish a dish, but I only had a few spoonfuls before stopping. The pork was tasty, but everything else was gross. The soup itself tasted like watered-down kimchi, the tofu was a weird addition. I happened to make the sesame salad on the same page, so I took the pork out of the soup and put it on top of the salad. I fished out the rest of the pork for leftovers and dumped the rest. Bleh