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Baechu Doenjang Guk (Soybean Paste Soup with Napa Cabbage)

Doenjang guk is a staple soup in Korean homes. It's made with napa cabbage and doenjang (fermented soybean paste).
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Baechu, Doenjang, gochujang, manduguk, napa cabbage, soup
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun


  • 1/4 head medium size napa cabbage about 1 pound
  • 4 cups anchovy broth* or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Korean soybean paste doenjang
  • 1 teaspoon Korean red pepper paste gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon soup soy sauce guk ganjang
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 scallions cut into 2 inch lengths
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Make anchovy broth by boiling, uncovered, about 12 medium size dried anchovies in 6 cups of water (or water used to rinse the rice) for 10 minutes. Fish out the anchovies and discard.
  • While the broth is being made, cut the cabbage into 2 to 3-inch pieces.
    Soybean Paste Soup with Napa Cabbage
  • Stir the soybean paste and red pepper paste in to the broth, or run them through a strainer in the broth. The latter process helps dissolve the pastes easier and catches any big chunks of beans remaining in the soy bean paste. Add the soup soy sauce to the broth.
    Soybean Paste Soup with Napa Cabbage
  • Add the cabbage, cover and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the cabbage becomes soft, 1o to 15 minutes. Add the scallions and garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add salt, if necessary, and pepper to taste.
    Soybean Paste Soup with Napa Cabbage