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Korean hotpot (Budae Jiigae)

Preparation time
Cooking time
Serves
4-6

Ingredients

1 litre (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock 

10 cm piece of kombu 

2 slices ginger 

1 garlic clove, peeled

2 dried shiitake mushrooms 

125ml (1/2 cup) kimchi juice

Spring onion (scallion) ends (quantity = whatever you have in the fridge)

1 tablespoon gochugaru (Korean chilli flakes)

1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon gojuchang (Korean red chilli paste)

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Handful of coriander, to garnish

Cooked rice, to serve 

Toppings 

Vegetables, tofu, noodles, kimchi, herbs

Method

1. Combine the stock, kombu, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, kimchi juice and spring onion ends in a large, shallow saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn off the heat.

2. Strain, discarding the solids, and return the stock to the pot. Add the gochugaru, fish sauce, sesame oil and gojuchang and stir to combine.

3. Remember, this is a very visual dish and you’ll be eating out of the pan you’re cooking in. Arrange your choice of vegetables, tofu, noodles and other toppings like a wheel of fortune in the base of the saucepan, but don’t put similar colours together.

4. Carefully pour over the stock and bring to a simmer over a medium-low heat. Simmer gently, for 5-10 minutes, until the noodles and vegetables are cooked. Garnish with the sesame seeds and coriander.

5. Allow your friends time to take their lnstagram photos of the dish before you mix it up. Put your rice and hot pot in the middle of the table and let everyone serve themselves bit by bit. Just make sure they’re getting all the delicious components.

Wine match: Pinot Grigio, Riesling.

Food
Preparation time
Cooking time
Serves
4-6

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