I bought Spam today.

To eat.

For dinner I made 부대 찌게, which is essentially “army stew.” Story has it that it was created during/after the Korean War, and it’s essentially a sodium-fest of processed meats, whatever veggies you have on hand, and ramyeon noodles.

Into the pot went red pepper paste, soy sauce, sugar, and minced garlic. I added water and brought it to a boil, then tossed in leeks, onions, scallions, Mother’s kimchi, and hot green peppers (from my garden, since I did get a small crop). After a few minutes of cooking, I tossed in turkey Spam, turkey sausages, and tofu. After a few more minutes I added ramyeon, sprouts, enoki mushrooms, and a dash of sesame oil.

I served it with rice, some potato banchan, and an Asian pear for dessert.

After several bites, Good Man said, “This budae jjigae is perfect. If you ever lose your job, you can open budae jjigae restaurant.”

I stared at him.

He shrugged, “Yeah, that is a compliment! Only thing I liked in military was budae jjigae, and this is just like that. I want more.”