Zucchini is bountiful in summer, and look no further for inspiration to turn zucchini into delicious dish than this easy gochujang hobak jjigae recipe. This Korean soup uses anchovy stock as base, and the spiciness of gochujang paste to create a wonderful flavor with zucchini, tofu, and shiitake as the main ingredients.
Many Korean dishes rely on anchovy stock as the base flavor, not unlike dashi stock in Japanese dishes. If you have a reliable access to Korean market, you can pick up a packet of dried anchovies. Alternatively, you can also use anchovy stock granules to make the stock. I use stock granules in the recipe, but if you want to make your own anchovy stock, simply simmer together 1/2 cup dried anchovies with 4 cups of water for 30 minutes, then strain to get the stock.
Gook kanjang & gochujang
Aside from anchovy stock, you also need gook kanjang and gochujang for this soup. Almost all Korean soup need gook kanjang (Korean soy sauce for soup), so it is not a bad idea to stock up on this if you are thinking of making Korean soup often. If you only make Korean soup once in a while, it is okay to substitute with regular soy sauce. Most spicy Korean dishes probably have gochujang in it, so again, if you love Korean food and are thinking of starting a Korean kitchen, don’t forget to stock up on some gochujang.
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