Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

kongbiji jjigae - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)


Today’s recipe is another winter favorite of mine! Kongbiji jjigae (콩비지 찌게) is a stew that’s made with a creamy purée of soaked soybeans. Traditionally, this stew is made with soy pulp that’s left from making tofu. It’s also commonly made with finely ground soaked soybeans. Growing up, we usually had it with pork ribs and kimchi. I think that’s the best way! You can use pork meat instead, preferably fatty meat. Pork fat enhances the nutty flavor of soybeans. You can also substitute kimchi with boiled napa cabbage for a milder taste. All you need is a bowl of rice with this warm, smooth, nutty, meaty and filling stew for the ultimate winter comfort food!

kongbiji jjigae 1 - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

4 servings
1 cup dry soybeans (yields 2-1/4 cups soaked)
12 ounces (340 grams) pork ribs (or 6 ounces pork shoulder*)
2 thinly sliced ginger pieces
1/4 medium onion
1 tablespoon soup soy sauce
8 ounces (230 grams) kimchi, cut into bite sizes
1/2 cup juice from kimchi (or to taste)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 scallion, roughly chopped

(*If using pork meat instead of ribs, stir fry it with the kimchi, add 2-1/2 cups of water or anchovy stock and boil for 5 minutes over medium high heat before adding the soy purée.)

Soaked soybeans - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

Rinse and soak 1 cup dried soybeans for 5 – 6 hours (or overnight). Rub the beans with your fingers to remove the skins, and pour out the skins that rise to the top. Repeat this process to remove as much as possible.

kongbiji jjigae 4 - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

Add the ribs, onion, ginger, soup soy sauce and 4 cups of water to a medium size pot. Bring to a boil. Skim off the scum. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cover, and cook until the ribs are tender, 25 – 30 minutes. Remove the onion and ginger.

kongbiji jjigae 5 - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

Add the kimchi and garlic to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Continue to cook for 5 – 6 minutes.

kongbiji jjigae 3 - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

Meanwhile, finely grind the soaked beans in an equal amount of cold water (2 to 2-1/2 cups) until it becomes creamy.

kongbiji jjigae 6 - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

Add the ground soybeans to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium low.

kongbiji jjigae 7 - Kongbiji Jjigae (Ground Soybean Stew)

Simmer, uncovered, until the soybean puree is cooked, 12 – 15 minutes. Further reduce the heat, if necessary, to maintain a gentle simmer. Stir in the chopped scallions with 2 – 3 minutes remaining. Taste for salt. Serve hot with a bowl of rice.

Leave a Comment



  1. Hi Hyosun,
    Would it be possible to substitute chicken if you don’t eat pork or beef? If so, would you shred it or cube?

    • Of course. Use chicken stock as well to add some depth of flavors. I’d cube it since you will be adding raw chicken to the stew. Enjoy!

  2. Hi Hyosun~
    Yesterday I showed your blog to my husband and he asked me to prepare this recipe. I modified a bit the recipe so instead of boiling first the pork what I did it was frying the pork with the garlic and the kimchi and after boiling it in the water with onion, the ginger and the soup gangjan. It was delicious… It’s a pity that I cannot show you a pic but my husband ate 3 bowls and he encouraged me to try other recipies of your blog~ So since next week we celebrate Chuseok I’m gonna try with your Songpyeon recipe~ Thank you very much!!

    • Awesome! I like your modification. Sounds really good. You must be a good cook! Hope your songpyeon turns out well too. Happy Chuseok!

  3. I’ve eaten this so many times in a restaurant right next to my one room in Daegu. I’ve always made it with Dwenjang paste and wondered why it wasn’t quite right. Thanks, a perfect recipe.

    • Oh I bet it was really good in Daegu! You’re welcome, and thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment!

  4. I love your blog! If ever you update the layout, can you include an option to print the recipe in a easy to read format? Thank you!

  5. Hello Hyosun,
    Firstly I want to thank you for making K cooking so accessible to us 2nd geners. I never thought I could make Korean food as well as my umma, but you’ve proven me wrong. 🙂 Can you tell me how I would make this recipe in the slow cooker? Would it be okay if I simply threw everything into the crock pot? Thank you very much!

    • Aww that’s great to hear! Thank you! I think it would work, but omit the water (4 cups) used in the second step to boil the ribs. I’m curious how it works out in a slow cooker. Please let me know.

  6. if i were to use napa cabbage.. should i cook it before i add it to the broth?
    if so, would i add the cabbage to boiling water or bring the water to a boil with the cabbage?
    can’t wait to try this recipe! thank you!
    the spicy chicken stew in the slow cooker was amazing!!! any more slow cooker recipes? ; )

  7. If I use napa cabbage.. do i need to cook it before i add it to the broth?
    if so, would i put the cabbage into boiling water? or bring the water to a boil with the cabbage?
    i can’t wait to try this!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Sounds and looks so healthy! Perfect way to start a new year!

  9. Sandra Mihic says

    Love that you used pork ribs and kimchi–Both add so much flavor when together. Delicious pictures and recipe too!

  10. Yay now I have use for the left over soy beans from when I make soy milk! Thanks for always sharing! 🙂

  11. Purabi Naha says

    How lovely! I just loved the texture of your dish…it really looks delicious. I am going to try this for sure!!