42 comments

  1. vikalinkafood says:

    January 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Cynthia! You are killing me with this gorgeousness. I want to have the photo of the ingredients blown-up and hung in my kitchen! I love your stories. :-) Isn’t it interesting how whenever we need comfort we all turn to food we grew up with! I just published a post loaded with Slavic traditional dishes from various bloggers. All I want to eat right now is creamy, “potatoey” things that remind me of my childhood. Happy New Year!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Omg Julia you are TOO kind!! Thank you so so much!! And yes, isn’t it amazing how closely tied food is to our emotional comfort and memories? Also, I LOVED your round-up! I want to eat everything on it. Happy new year to you too!!!

  2. stephanie says:

    January 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

    hello beautiful!! this stew is absolutely gorgeous as are your photos :) wish we could elbow each other in the face, sip on soju and eat budae jjigae together…also, great minds think alike cause i’ve got a kimchi stew coming up this week 😉

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      KIMCHI STEW. Steph. You just get me. <3 One day we'll share spicy Korean food together and all my dreams will come true!!

  3. themoonblushbaker says:

    January 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Your finishing touch is a killer! American cheese for me please :) The way you talk about this stew is cross between romantic poetry and new age smut; which is the best kind of food writing. I am drooling along with the rest of the world at this post Cynthia!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      FIST BUMP for American cheese!!!! I knew we were meant to be friends :) Thank you so much for your super kind words, Belinda!

  4. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Oh girl, I can’t even handle you right now. Your photography is making me doubt everything I know to be true and good and right! Seriously, though, how do you divine such shadowy, moody depths and rich, deep tones? Do your partners know you’re leaving them to be a full-time food photographer/recipe developer yet? (Just kidding, Partners, if you’re reading.. this is but my weak attempt at a genuine compliment.. she’s not leaving. Please do not fire her.)

    What I love about the recipe is its gorgeous combination of authentic Korean ingredients and like.. hot dogs. Reminds me of the goodness Lady & Pups is always whipping up. Nom!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      HAHA I legit lol’ed in my office when I read this. I always love your thoughtful and hilarious comments — thank you so much!!!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      omg I would love NOTHING more than that, Erika!! <3 One day we'll make it happen. Hope you're well, friend!

  5. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 11:20 am

    WHAT. this looks amazing and comforting and everything i want while sitting under a blanket and watching the snow. i’ve never understood how people diet in january when it is THIS WEATHER. this stew is for this weather!!!!!!!

  6. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 11:33 am

    You don’t know how many times I wanted to order this from a Korean bow restaurant, then got pulled over by sanity, and ordered Kalbi/pork belly/beef intestine combo instead…. Should have listened to my instinct….

  7. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    GULP…….I reallllllly need this right now even though my sodium levels are off the charts thanks to last night’s PHO, yikes. 😛 Seriously though, budaejjigae is pretty bomb and I have such a cool memory to go along with it. My friends and I went to the cold cold (read: LA standards of cold) mountains to pray, hang out, and fool around a few years ago. We brought all the essentials and in the little run down bungalow and a portable stove top burner, we created this impressive (but ugly) pot of budaejjigae. Thanks for reminding me of that through this beautiful post, hehe! I hope I get to meet you someday so we can eat all the Korean food we want together ^_^

  8. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this recipe! It made me smile reading all of the amazing ingredients and then the hot dog and Spam. Perfection. Where did you used to get this in Boston!? I can’t wait to try it! Being huddled together eating in this frigid weather makes everything more bearable doesn’t it? But making it at home sounds even better, ha!

  9. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    first, these shots are so beautiful, cynthia! and second, the history behind this dish is super interesting! how ingredients put together in a pot in one point of time, then becomes a tradition in homes and restaurants later on is such a lovely sentiment. and i’m sure you will carry this dish on for many years in the beautiful way that you do! xo

  10. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I suspect that I will love it as much as you do because the recipe is right up my alley. I love ramen and everything you put in it to begin with, but this recipe looks like THE ramen for royalty.
    You are killing me with recipe and those photos, Girl!!!
    xoxo

  11. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Omigosh, this sounds amazing. There’s a place near my apartment that serves spam fried rice, as well as french fries topped with mapo tofu and melted american cheese slices. They’re to die for (and are the perfect hangover cure). Saving this recipe to make soon as it sounds divine (albeit gluttonous, but that should never keeping you from eating something delicious!)

  12. Lan | morestomach says:

    January 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    everything in that pot. except the cheese. not only cannot i not physically do it, i don’t think i could do it emotionally/psychologically/whatever-ologies. but everything else, yes. especially with this frigid january.

  13. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Just texted THIS face melting awesomeness to my chef friend and asked her if we could make this. She notified me that a ramen party was in the works and that her friend (who has a street food cart called “Bing of Fire” in Seattle) knows how to make this. If somebody said those words to me, I’d marry them. This is the way to my heart – I am convinced. Also, “ramen party”. You take beautiful photos and once I set my kitchen up, I’m going to contact you about getting a Two Red Bowls original for my wall. Yay.

  14. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Ok, how have I never ordered this. It’s always edged out by something super meaty. And I am blown away by how beautiful you’ve made it look. Happiest of new years, Cynthia!! P.s. I’m totally with you with the ever many “my favorite thing ever”s.

  15. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Where has this dish been all my life… this sounds like it goes beyond just comfort food, and enters some other realm of wonderful. I feel like making a bowl of this might just counteract all the bah-humbuggery I’ve been feeling with the cold weather. I mean, the photos alone… have I ever told you how much I adore your photos? Yes? Well let me tell you again, because these are just blowing my mind! I never thought I’d say it, but you make spam look GOOD. (Let’s face it, it ain’t the prettiest thing on the planet.) But in that bowl? It looks like straight-up heaven.

  16. says:

    January 7, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so amazing and completely gorgeous and delicious!! Have I have told you that you kind of amaze me daily? Cause you do and I LOVE that skillet you are using, it’s equally awesome! :)

    No but really, this dish is all of my favorite things I honestly am so excited to make it. Maybe this weekend when I get all these workers out of my house and I can enjoy cooking again. ha!

    Also, your photos? Top notch as always. Double also, happy new year!

  17. says:

    January 8, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I’ve never heard of Budae Jjigae before but man, does it look good! I would definitely welcome a big serving of this as the weather outside is playing crazy (it’s either rainy or super cold, changing every few days). Oh and these pics are STUNNERS! I want to live in them. May I rent a corner? Errr, or maybe a spot right on top of those noodles?

  18. says:

    January 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Ddude, I’ve had a package of dduk sitting in my fridge for, no joke, maybe a year. Does that stuff go bad? I need something to do with it, and this might just be the ticket. Except I’m on a strictly SPAMless diet until the little miss is born, which has me practically sobbing with sorrow. (Also off the table: canned corned beef hash, which is perhaps my favorite brunch staple ever.) So maybe it’s budae jiggae with nitrate-free hotdogs for me!!! I feel like the old timers would approve. :) xo! <3

  19. says:

    January 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    That looks fantastic!! Your photos are amazing, and the budae jjigae looks absolutely scrumptious. I’m salivating as I write this. 😀 I have always loved budae jjigae but haven’t had the chance to make it. I may just have to do it. 😀

  20. says:

    January 9, 2015 at 8:03 am

    AHMAZING! This looks so comfy and it’s perfect for that coldness outside. You’ve put so many delicious things in there and it looks gorgeous too! And pretty photos, love the ambiance!

  21. says:

    January 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I’ve said OMG probably on all your instagram posts on this already, so I’ll refrain. I’ll just say, gorgeous as usual, and with it being below freezing, all day, I can think of nothing better than to huddle in and eat a spicy dish. Like this budae-jjigae. It’s kind of the comfort of a blazing fire, except you can chow it down!!

  22. says:

    January 17, 2015 at 4:28 am

    these photographs are like paintings! I’ve been coming back to look at them pretty much everyday, so I figured I should leave a comment and say hi. hi!

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