Tofu

Dubu 두부

Korean cuisine uses a range of tofu, from soft tofu to medium-firm to firm.

tofu
tofu

You can usually find a few different kinds of tofu at a grocery store. The tofu above is a medium soft tofu used for stew, and I use it in my doenjangjjigae and kimchijjigae videos. There are 3 white Korean letters in the blue circle on the package: “찌개용” which mean: “for stew.”

Store well-wrapped tofu in the fridge until it’s expiration date. If you use only part of the package, submerge the rest of the tofu in cold water, cover, and keep it in the fridge. You should finish it within a few days.

tofu

Recipes that use tofu:

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11 Comments:

  1. Tina_ Slo My profile page joined 1/15
    Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 8:28 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi,

    I’ve seen a Korean recipe listing 연두부, what kind of tofu is this?

    Thanks! :)

  2. hendjomaa Cairo,Egypt My profile page joined 12/13
    Posted January 15th, 2014 at 2:10 pm | # |

    Hii Maangchi
    I have just bought fresh not canned tofu and i was woundering for how long i can keep it
    the women at the restaurant told me that it was just made and that i have to keep it in water
    so where can i keep it and for how many days it will remain eatable
    Thanks in advance :)

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 16th, 2014 at 12:23 pm | # |

      “the women at the restaurant told me that it was just made and that i have to keep it in water” Yes, that’s what I do! It will be ok up to 3 to 5 days in the fridge but the tofu shouldn’t be exposed to air.

  3. SakuraOnna US My profile page joined 11/10
    Posted March 19th, 2012 at 12:41 am | # |

    Do you use firm or soft tofu for Mandu?

  4. Dolly
    Posted July 27th, 2009 at 10:46 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I love Korean food and have eaten uncooked dubu with a delicious sauce on top. It had several ingredients including sesame seeds, chili peppers chopped and soy sauce.

    I would love to make this. Do you have a recipe?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted July 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm | # |

      I posted the recipe for the sauce in my “grilled beef” recipe

      I’m copying and pasting the part from the recipe for you.

      Yangnyumjang recipe:

      Mix 2 tbs of soy sauce, 1 tbs of hot pepper flakes, ½ tbs of sugar, 1 tbs of sesame seeds, and 1 tbs of sesame oil.
      and add 1 -2 chopped green onions to the sauce and mix it up with a spoon.

      Enjoy with raw tofu! : )

  5. Nancy
    Posted October 23rd, 2008 at 1:55 pm | # |

    yum tofu!!! i could eat it every day : )

  6. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted June 14th, 2008 at 8:49 pm | # |

    Hi,Lucy,
    I have never made my own dubu.
    Dubu is very cheap, so I have never thought about making it.
    Maybe later, : )

  7. Anonymous
    Posted June 11th, 2008 at 12:43 pm | # |

    Hi, Maangchi,

    Have you ever made your own dubu? A restaurant near me makes a wonderful appetizer of fresh tofu stacked with thinly sliced cucumbers, with a soy/sesame sauce. It is so fresh and wonderful, I’d love to learn to make my own tofu if it’s not too hard.

    Thanks!
    Lucy

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