Budae Jjigae Restaurants in Pyeongtaek

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Are you looking for the best budae jjigae 부대찌개 restaurants in the Pyeongtaek area? Then, here are eleven spots where you can find this hearty, spicy army base stew.

Where is Pyeongtaek?

Feel free to skip this section if you live in Pyeongtaek or know about the area.

Pyeongtaek-si is outlined in blue.

Pyeongtaek-si is located in the southern portion of the Gyeonggi-do province. This large city includes both US military installations, Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base.

The budae jjigae restaurant recommendations provided exist within the city of Pyeongtaek.

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Therefore, In this blog post, South of Seoul provides addresses and phone numbers. However, we recommend using this information in either Naver Maps or Kakao Maps for the best results. As a result, such apps help you figure out how far each restaurant might be from you.

What is Budae Jjigae 부대찌개?

The name of this stew comes from the two Korean words: budae (부대), a term meaning base or army, and jjigae (찌개), a term meaning soup or stew. Therefore it is no surprise, that budae jjigae is often referred to as army base stew, soldier stew, or army stew.

Simply put, budae jjigae is a Korean fusion stew that uses many American processed products, like Spam, hot dogs, sliced American cheese, and canned pork and beans. After the Korean war (1950 to 1953), food was in short supply in Korea. So, the processed foods that were around the area were imported here by the military.

Since the Koreans had access to these foods, they used them to create this delicious stew. We believe two versions came about around the same time, Songtan style and Uijeongbu style. Uijeonbu is most famous for this stew and even has a street dedicated to this goodness!

Even though there are two versions, they are unique dishes themselves. Most often you will find the Songtan style around Pyeongtaek, however there are locations that serve Uijeongbu style.

Traditionally, this dish is cooked on the table at the restaurants on a gas stove. This enables you to be able to enjoy the dish family style. Also, you can choose to add ramen or cook stir-fried rice at the end.

Budae Jjigae Restaurants in Pyeongtaek

Budaejjigae

Budaejjigae4.8

031-666-2768

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 쇼핑로 39-1

One of the best Budae jjigae restaurants anywhere. We are soldier stew addicts and this is our absolute favorite anywhere in Korea. Culture Note: Buddaejjige is also known as: Army stew, soldier stew, and base stew. The reason is that it is a fusion dish that uses ingredients that care from US military.

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Choi Naezip Budae Jjigae Songtan

Choi Naezip Budae Jjigae Songtan0

031-663-8922

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 경기대로 1401

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Kimnaejip Budaejjigae

Kimnaejip Budaejjigae5

031-666-3648

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 중앙시장로25번길 15

One of the most famous budaejjigae restaurants in South Korea. So much garlic and spice. Pure heaven. Culture Note: Buddaejjige is also known as: Army stew, soldier stew, and base stew. The reason is that it is a fusion dish that uses ingredients that care from US military.

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Songtan songs Budaejjigae

Songtan songs Budaejjigae 0

031-611-6466

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 중앙시장로9번길 31

One of Songtan’s newest buddaejjigae restaurants. Culture Note: Buddaejjige is also known as: Army stew, soldier stew, and base stew. The reason is that it is a fusion dish that uses ingredients that care from US military.

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Songtan Budaejjigae

Songtan Budaejjigae5

031-663-8922

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 경기대로 1401

Light and spicy budaejjigae. This is a very good place to start if you want to learn about budaejjigae. Very nice, fresh, ingredients along with a nice assortment of processed meats. Culture Note: Buddaejjige is also known as: Army stew, soldier stew, and base stew. The reason is that it is a fusion dish that uses ingredients that care from US military.

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National Budae Jjigae

National Budae Jjigae0

0507-1306-7920

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 평택1로12번길 18 민족의부대찌개

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Yukjang Budae Jjigae

Yukjang Budae Jjigae0

031-618-4758

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 팽성읍 부용로31번길 39

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Jaeus Spicy Sausage Stew

Jaeus Spicy Sausage Stew0

031-681-5385

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 안중읍 안현로서2길 19

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Bull Budae Jjigae Hapjeong

Bull Budae Jjigae Hapjeong0

031-692-4438

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 조개터로34번길 42

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Unam Myeongga Budaejjigae

Unam Myeongga Budaejjigae0

031-653-9233

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 평택5로 98

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Abujji Budae Jjigae

Abujji Budae Jjigae0

0316626624

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Hangul Address

경기 평택시 지산로 83 1층

Budae jjigae to go! This is a take-out only location

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* Please note that Abujji Budae Jjigae is a Take-Out only restaurant.

KimchiRednecks Budae Jjigae Videos

We both love budae jjigae. Since it is a meat-heavy stew, we do not eat it as often except for a few times a year. Currently, we have only videoed one location locally, which is our favorite. Still, since this list is extensive, we will definitely be checking out more of the options above for variety.

Also, we recently made both versions of budae jjigae at home. However, we determined that both had profiles we enjoyed.

As someone who had a very low spice level prior to living in Korea, the idea of this spicy stew was a bit overwhelming. However, I found eating it with rice and having a cup of water available to add to my broth reduced the spice to a tolerable level for me. Now, my spice level is much higher so I no longer have to dilute the broth when we eat out!

However, if you check out our YouTube channel, you can find other restaurant reviews, cooking videos, and much more. Also, we update content regularly and enjoy sharing our love of Korea and the culture.

How to Source Additional Information About These Locations

Whenever you have questions about things like business hours, you can use the free foreigner support app/phone number 1330. In addition, this is really helpful especially around holidays to make sure if a business will be open when you want to visit. With this app, you can prevent a wasted trip to a location when they are enjoying their regular day off or a holiday.

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You are also welcome to join our Pyeongtaek Food & Fun Facebook Group. The South of Seoul moderated community of active and friendly Pyeongtaek international residents makes moving to Pyeongtaek easier. With so many different voices and opinions, it is always refreshing to see everyone’s adventures in our local community. In addition, all of the posts shared introduce our community to new places and old places that can feel new all over again.

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