Soondooboo chigae is a spicy stew made with soft uncoagulated tofu that is produced by compressing and curdling tofu to remove excess water. There are numerous variations of this dish consisting of seafood, beef, pork and/or vegetable contents. Plain soondooboo chigae is usually made with some added pieces of pork, several small clams, chopped garlic, and red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru) along with chopped leeks and sesame oil.
In addition, there are different levels of spiciness for this dish; light, medium and hot. The ingredients and spicy broth are added to a generous amount of soondooboo in a ttukbaegi (ceramic bowl) and boiled over an intense heat. If preferred, a raw egg may be included to add flavor as well as thickness which can dilute its spiciness of the broth. Main ingredients may vary depending on their availability and the preferences of the restaurants as it is served during lunch or dinner, especially during the winter seasons.