Recipe: Hot Dog and Kimchi Soup


When I was growing up, I loved hot dogs and anything very spicy. My Mom always tried to get me to like kimchi, but I refused. She started making me this soup and so began my love for kimchi.

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Hot Dog and Kimchi Soup
Hot dog and Kimchi Soup Alison and her Mom made growing up. You can buy all these ingredients at most Asian markets and H Mart in K-Town in NYC!
  • 1 cup Kimchi
  • 2 potatoes Potatoes (any type), diced
  • 3 or more Hebrew National Hot Dog cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 spoonful Korean Chili Pepper Pates (Called "Gochujang 고추장")
  • 1 spoonful Korean soybean or miso paste (Called "Doenjang 된장")
  • 3-4 Chopped Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 2-3 cups Water
1. Boil all the ingredients together until potatoes are cooked tender. * Optional: you may add dumplings or rice cakes towards the end before serving for extra goodness! ** You can also add more hot spice like cayenne pepper to your spiciness liking!)*** Also adding a little Korean beef powder (called CJ Dashida Soup Stock) will make more the soup more flavorful!
Yield: 4-5 Servings


Alison Lea Bender is a multi-hyphenate who defies conventional categorization and refuses to be pigeonholed. Some have called her the voice of a generation, some have called her a dangerous threat to society, but most of us just call her "my friend." She has most recently torn up the New York stage in Thelma and Louise: Dyke Remix and is a three-time headliner of We So Hapa. Find her at @alisonleabender on IG and Twitter.