K-Recipe: Soya Think you can Cook?!

by Rebecca Kim

A not-so-typical stir-fry with a secret ingredient 🤭

It’s the daily question on everyone’s mind: “What should I eat for dinner tonight?” 🤔  Especially after coming home from a long day out, sometimes you just want something quick and hearty to make. Well hopefully, this can give you an idea!

Have you ever heard of “Soya”? No, not the bean, but a dish called “Sausage-yachae-bokkum (소시지 야채볶음)” or “Soya (쏘야)” for short! This is a little recipe popularised by Baek Jong-Won, a celebrity chef in Korea 👨‍🍳 He’s especially well-known for his innovative yet easy recipes using simple ingredients, and this one is no exception!

I first heard about this recipe from Editor B, so of course, I wanted to try it out for myself. It’s especially great to try out for people who are living alone and don’t cook much, or as a snack dish to eat with drinks 🍻

Youtube | Tooktak


  • Vienna Sausage (250g)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Cooking Oil (20g)
  • 10 Cloves of Garlic (40g)
  • ½ Onion (80g)
  • 2 Button Mushrooms (50g)
  • ¼ Capsicum (80g)
  • ⅕ Carrot (20g)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (20g)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar (20g)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Ketchup (60g)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar (10g)
  • ⅓ Tablespoons of Ginger (5g)


  1. Chop your vegetables and mix your sauce ingredients together to put aside. 
  2. Oil your pan with the cooking oil, then add in your garlic first, then onion, then sausages on low heat. 
  3. Lightly season with a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper. 
  4. Add in the rest of your vegetables and stir together until half-cooked.
  5. Evenly stir in your sauce and continue to stir until fully cooked.

Tip: Slice little slits in the sides of the sausages before you cook them and you’ll know they are ready to eat when they open up!

Youtube | Tooktak

In just 5 steps, your Soya dish is complete 🎉  Aren’t the end visuals just STUNNING? 🤤

Of course, you can customise the vegetables to your favourites (or just whatever you have at home) and get your nutrition fix, too. I think the real MVP in this recipe is the ketchup. I mean, who would have thought to add it into a stir-fry? It adds to that sweet & sour flavour amazingly and honestly, it makes perfect sense when you think of the sausages because that ketchup-sausage combo could never do us wrong 🙌  

As mentioned above, this pairs well with drinks but can also just be eaten as a simple meal with rice. For me, I have a feeling it will also become a craving for a “ya-shik (야식)” A.K.A. late-night snack. All those vegetables in the recipe still count as healthy, right? 😄

For a visual guide and more extra tips from Baek Jong-Won himself, check out this video on his YouTube channel (turn captions on for English subtitles).

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