Here’s a fun fact before anything: do you know why army stew is called…army stew?
Known as budae-jjigae, which literally translates to “army base stew”, the OG dish’s made up of ham, sausage, spam, baked beans, kimchi and red chilli paste. Of course people later included instant noodles in it because a dish isn’t complete without some carbo.
Back in the 50s, after the end of the Korean War, there was a lack of food in South Korea. People started to smuggle surplus foods from U.S. army bases in South Korea, as the U.S. Army was there (correction: they are still there) to help out in the war.
By throwing all the stolen ingredients in and adding Koreans’ own ingredients like red chilli paste and kimchi, the Koreans created the dish out of nowhere.
Even though food is readily available in the rich South Korea nowadays, the dish continued to be popular, and now it’s become a delicacy all over the world including Singapore.
Which leads to one question: what took any instant noodles company so long to actually come out with this idea?
Nissin Korean Army Stew Cup Noodles
We’ve got laksa, mala hotpot and even cheese instant noodles, and yet for some reason, it’s only today (okay lah, it’s yesterday but you get the gist) that some genius finally came out with an army stew cup noodles.
I mean, army stew itself has instant noodles, so why can’t anyone just create that? You won’t even need focus group to taste test the product because it has been tested by people since the 1950s!
That’s why when Nissin came out with this, everyone stopped what they were doing and rushed down to the nearest supermarket.
After 66 years, it’s finally here.
According to the Facebook post, it has “springy noodles cooked in smoky flavoured Kimchi soup”. On the cup itself, it proudly states that it contains “lots of ingredients”.
But of course we all know this is how a real army stew looks like:
Without luncheon meat (or SPAM, if you’re ang mo pai), it’s a blasphemy to call it an army stew, and while we can’t be certain if there’s any in this concoction, here’s what you’ll need to have the perfect army stew at home at a low-SES price:
In the meantime, we would be checking it out in supermarkets and should we find it, we’ll review it in our next #ThirstyThursday, ‘coz soup can quench thirst, right?
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