Budae chigae is one of many favorite dishes for Koreans worldwide. Budae which translates into army in Korean and chigae meaning stew, this dish is known to have originated from the Korean War. During the war, Koreans have salvaged any means of food from the American soldiers in which there were an abundance of hot dog, sausages, and spam along with other staples.
Much like kimchi chigae, this soup-based dish contains kimchi, tofu, scallions, onions, gochujang, and much more. Also, to add texture and volume to the soup, it can contain vermicelli as well as ramyun noodles. It is consumed along with a bowl of steamed rice, bop, to compliment its spiciness and its abundance in meat such as spam, sausages and pork.