More info: Inspired by the popular Budae jjigae
(부대찌개) which literally translates to “army stew”. The dish originated during the Korean War
, and was popular for a time afterwards, when people had little to eat. People made this dish by combining leftover Spam and hot dogs from U.S. Army
facilities with whatever else was available. All the leftovers were combined with water in a large pot and boiled. Modern versions now include ramen noodles, rice cakes and American cheese. It’s one of the most popular late-night dishes when dining and drinking with friends.