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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Korean-Inspired Spicy-Braised Tofu - Dobu Jorim (Vegan)

My husband and I had a short 24 hour stop-over in South Korea pre-COVID.  We loved the flavors and regretted that our stop-over was so short.  After being trapped at home for far too many months now because of COVID, we have made tons of Korean-inspired recipes.  This one was by far the easiest and most delicious!  

This dish comes out savory, spicy, and crunchy.  It is best served with rice.  Overall, the spices and garnishes are simple, but incredibly flavorful.

The hardest part of this recipe is finding Korean Hot Pepper Powder, a flaky and bright-red hot pepper powder that doesn't taste like a typical chili pepper powder.  You can find this powder at your local Asian Market.  I found mine at H-Mart.


1 package extra-firm tofu
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon, crushed garlic
1/2 cup onion, diced into small pieces
3 green onions, chopped (set aside a tablespoon for garnish)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes (found at your local Asian market)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Following these instructions exactly will provide the best results.

1. Rinse and drain tofu.  Pat dry the tofu.

2. Cut the tofu into bite sized pieces that are 1/4 inch thick.  Pat dry the tofu pieces again.
3. In a fry pan, add the canola oil to the pan and heat up the oil over high heat.
4. Add in the tofu piece by piece, making sure none of the pieces touch.  Don't move the pieces for about 8 minutes so that the bottoms of the tofu become crunchy.  Flip each piece over one by one with a spatula and let the tofu cook for another 8 minutes.  Remove each piece of tofu after each piece is crispy and golden brown.  Set aside.
5. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sugar, hot pepper flakes, and water.   Set aside.
6. In the same pan with the leftover oil and over medium high heat, add the chopped onion, garlic, and green onion.  Stir until the onion gets golden brown.
7. Add in the sauce and stir for about 3-4 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
8. Add the tofu and braise for about 1-2 minutes.
9. Add the toasted sesame oil and stir.
10. Transfer the tofu to a serving dish and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and remaining chopped green onion.
11. Enjoy right away with warm rice. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


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