Dish of the Day: Seafood Bean Paste Jjigae
One of the most mouth-watering dishes in Korea. Seafood bean paste jjigae is existed to be enjoyed you and your loved ones. This dish is often enjoyed over every meal whether it is breakfast time, lunchtime and even dinner time, this dish is good to be eaten to boost your energy to start off your day.
What is Seafood Bean Paste Jjigae
Seafood bean paste jjigae is actually a seafood stew with bean paste. A warm bowl of this tasty and nutritious stew can warm you up and touch your heart at the same time. The soup is made from combining various vegetables, seafood, tofu and bean paste (doenjang).
History Seafood Bean Paste Jjigae
Seafood bean paste jjigae or namely seafood doenjang jjigae is actually jjigae or stew that is made of soybean paste with seafood and desirable greens. Most common greens used to cook seafood doenjang jjigae are scallions, radishes and chilli pepper. This nutritious and hearty dish is originally from Korea.
Stews have been found to exist since 8th century BC in Japan. Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian stated that the Scythians mix water with animal’s flesh over an open fire. The stew was usually made with ox meat with its being boiled with water. In other parts of country, marine animals like clams and shells were used to boil the food.
In the 4th century AD, a recipe mentioning lamb stews and fish stews were found in a Roman cookery book; Apicius. Apicius is one of the oldest cookbooks in French that was written by a well-known French chef named Taillevent in the 14th century.
In China, stew is called hot pot. Hot pot in China existed during the Han dynasty. The hot pot was only served for the nobles. Each of the nobles possesses a personal pot that was made of bronze. Years later, during the Qing dynasty, hot pot became a popular dish among the emperors. The emperor of that time, Qianlong loved hot pot very much that he enjoyed eating the hot pot for almost every meal. People’s love towards stew and hot is growing bigger from one day to one day.
In Korea, one of the most famous stew is the seafood bean paste stew. This stew is best enjoyed during the winter season. The locals would gather around and make a stew with seafood and soybean paste and share it around with everyone during the winter season.
Health Benefits of Seafood Bean Paste Jjigae
Seafood bean paste jjigae has been serving the delicious taste and nutrients for the locals. The fermentation process of the soybean brings a lot of health benefits to your body.
The Korean has been fermenting greens and various food to add into dishes or eaten by itself. The fermentation of food was to ensure sufficient food supply during the long, cold winters in Korea. Soybean paste in the stew contains quality proteins that can help the digestive system. It is also good in treating constipation and diarrhoea. Aside from that, this dish contains a large amount of isoflavones that is anti-carcinogenic.
Soybean paste in this dish is said to be an effective medicine in treating cancer. It has anti-cancer properties that is recognised by the Korean Cancer Association. Daily consumption of soy bean paste may help kill cancer cells in the body. Aside from treating, it can also help to prevent the risk of having cancer.
Where to Find Seafood Bean Paste Jjigae in Malaysia
Seafood bean paste jjigae can be found in Oiso Korean Restaurant. This restaurant serves the best seafood bean paste jjigae in town. This go-to dish is best enjoyed with your loved ones.
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Article Written By Anna
Anna is an absolute foodie, and lives by the motto that food is happiness. She is a writer by day and a gamer by night. She believes that good food comes from all over and is constantly amazed by the passion and dedication it takes to make food that warms the soul.