I’m introducing 2 kinds of Korean tofu side dishes to you today! (the other dish in the video is Dubu-ganjangjorim).
When I lived in Canada, I often went to a farmer’s market on the weekend. It was in a big building, and in the basement there was a store where people were lining up every weekend up to buy some special tofu.
My friend was a regular customer at the store, so she let me taste it when she bought it. I was very surprised! Firstly, because it was so expensive, and secondly because it was a very simple tofu recipe. They were selling the tofu cubed and cooked with sauce for $7.99! The sauce was made with soy sauce and sugar or maple syrup.
It seemed like a very easy recipe to make. I took my friend to a Korean store and bought a package of tofu for 99 cents. We came home and we cooked it together. She was very happy and since that time, she has been doing all kinds of experiments with her favorite tofu side dish. She invents her own sauce these days. : )
Tofu is pronounced as “doo boo” in Korean. If you say doo boo in front of Koreans, they will be impressed!
- half package of tofu (about 7 oz: 200 grams)
- soy sauce
- hot pepper flakes
- green onion
- sesame oil
- roasted sesame seeds
- Slice the tofu into 10 bite size pieces (¼ inch thick rectangles). Towel off each piece with a paper towel.
A whole package of tofu cut into 20 pieces
- Heat a pan and add 1 to 2 tbs of vegetable oil.
- Add the tofu and lower the heat. Cook over low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes until the bottoms of the tofu pieces turn golden brown.
- Turn over each piece and cook another 5 minutes.
- Transfer the cooked tofu to a serving plate.
- Make yangnyeomjang (seasoning sauce) in a small bowl by mixing these ingredients:
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 1 chopped green onion
- 1 ts hot pepper flakes
- 1 ts sugar (or honey)
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 ts sesame oil
If you make this with a whole package of tofu, double the sauce ingredients
- Spoon the sauce evenly over the tofu, and sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds over top just before serving.
- Serve as a side dish with rice.