Vegan Budae Jjigae Recipe (Korean Army Stew)

Vegan Budae Jjigae (부대찌개)

Korean army stew, or Budae Jjigae (부대찌개) is a popular Korean dish that pairs American meats with traditional Korean flavors. Food was incredibly scarce after the Korean War, so processed meats from American bases became a culinary staple.

Obviously this isn’t vegetarian or vegan-friendly, so I came up with a recipe that is super delicious, healthy, and doesn’t include any animal products!

Psst, if you want to try another spicy Korean stew recipe, check out my Soondubu Jjigae (soft tofu stew) recipe.

I love this stew because pretty much all you have to is chop a few ingredients (green onion, tofu, and vegan sausage), throw it all in a pot with some broth, boil, and let it do its thing! You can also add, adjust, or remove any ingredients to make the stew your own.


vegan budae jjigae


Vegan Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Base Stew) Recipe


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1/2 tbsp gochugaru (Korean chili flakes)
  • 2 vegan sausages or hot dogs
  • 1 package instant ramen noodles
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 bundle enoki mushrooms
  • 1/2 package medium-firm sliced tofu
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup vegan kimchi
  • 1/2 cup baked beans


  1. Put all of the ingredients together in a shallow pot with the gochujang and gochugaru in the middle. 

  2. Pour vegetable broth over everything, turn the heat up and boil the stew.

  3. Allow the stew to cook and reduce the heat to low. 

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