Korean Tofu


Today’s recipe is dubu-jorim (spicy braised tofu). It’s tofu braised in a savory-spicy sauce and pan fried with caramelized onion, garlic, and green onions, making it juicy, a little spicy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s a delicious side dish for rice, noodles or porridge, and tastes meaty even though it’s a totally vegetarian dish.

This is something you can easily put together in a short amount of time that will please pretty much everybody, and especially vegetarians. You can refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 to 4 days! This dish is good hot or cold, so you don’t even need to heat it up again if you don’t want to, just bring it out and serve.
It’s also a standard in Korean dosirak (lunchbox) item because it keeps well until lunchtime and it gives any meal a little kick. Enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients


  • 1 package of tofu
    (18 ounces: 510 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 green onions, chopped

For the sauce, mix in a small bowl

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes
  • ½ cup water

Directions


  • Rinse tofu in cold running water and dry it with cotton or paper towel. Cut it into ¼ inch thick bite size pieces.
  • Add the cooking oil to a non-stick pan and heat it up over high heat.
  • Gently set the tofu onto the pan and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Rotate the pan to cook the tofu evenly. When the bottoms get a little crunchy, flip them over one by one with a spatula. Let cook another 7 to 8 minutes until both sides of each tofu piece are a little crispy and golden brown.
  • Transfer the tofu to a plate. Keep the leftover oil.
  • Heat up a small pan over medium high heat and add the leftover oil.
  • Add chopped onion, garlic, and green onion (less 1 tablespoon, to be used for a garnish later). Stir with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until the onion gets a little crispy.
  • Add the sauce and keep stirring until it reduces a bit and thickens.
  • Add tofu and braise for a minute until the tofu absorbs some of the flavor of the sauce. Add some sesame oil and stir.
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds over top and the rest of the chopped green onion. Serve right away with brown rice or quinoa.

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