Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice

Yubuchobap 유부초밥

I’m introducing another easy recipe to you: yubuchobap, made with seasoned fried tofu and rice. It originated from Japan, but it’s very popular lunch box and picnic food in Korea. You can make it very easily at home because these days ready-made kits of ingredients for yubuchobap are sold at Korean and Japanese grocery stores. You may find them in Asian grocery stores, too.


The yubuchobap kit comes with 3 items: seasoned fried tofu, a vinegar-based sauce packet, and a packet of dried ingredients (carrots, sesame seeds, seaweed, etc). Even if you’re too busy to add more ingredients to your rice, you still can make delicious yubuchobap using only the kit. Just mix your freshly made warm rice with the vinegar-based sauce and dried ingredients, and fill each yubu pocket with the seasoned rice!

But I’ll show you how to make more delicious yubuchobap by adding fresh ingredients. I’m also going to show you an idea for a Halloween-themed yubuchobap. Spooky eyes made with white rice! How does it sound to you? It already sounds creepy! : )

If you don’t know how to make rice in a pot, the recipe is posted here.

Enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to make creepy eyes for fun. Let me know if you scare your friends with it.


Yield: 2 servings


2 cups of cooked rice (made with 1 cup of short grain rice), yubuchobap kit, cucumber, carrot, salt, yellow pickled radish, vegetable oil, and canned black olives (for spooky eyes).


  1. Chop cucumber and carrot into small pieces, about ⅓ cup worth. Put it into a bowl.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and mix well. Squeeze out any excess water 10 minutes later.
  3. In a heated pan, add a drop of vegetable oil and saute the squeezed vegetables for 20 seconds.
  4. Chop yellow pickled radish into small pieces, about 2 tbs worth.
  5. Make 2 cups of rice and put it into a large bowl.
  6. Add the vinegar-based sauce to the warm rice. Mix it well with a wooden spoon.
    *tip: I suggest not pouring all the sauce from the packet into the rice. Add it little by little until you reach your preferred taste.  

  7. Add the prepared vegetables and chopped yellow pickled radish to the rice. Mix it well and cool it down.
  8. Open the package of yubu and squeeze it slightly to drain out the extra sauce.
  9. Open up each yubu to make a pouch.
  10. Take about 2-3 tbs of rice and make oval-looking rice balls.
  11. Fill each tofu pocket with a rice ball.
  12. Dip the top of the pocket with the exposed rice into the mix of dried ingredients. Put each pocket on to a serving plate one by one.

To make creepy eyes!

  1. Fill each pouch of yubu with white rice mixed with vinegar-based sauce. Form into an eye shape.
  2. Cut a black olive in half crosswise.
  3. Insert the half dome of the olive into the center of the yubuchobap
  4. Adjust the shape to make it look like eye!

You could use this as appetizer, too!




  1. kimjongdaence My profile page joined 8/15
    Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 4:12 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!!! I used this recipe for my home econs exam and i got an A!!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!!

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  2. NatSuarez USA My profile page joined 10/13
    Posted November 21st, 2013 at 6:38 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!
    I want to try and make this for dinner today :)
    Looks so yummy! I was wondering however, if I have left overs, will it taste good the next day for lunch? Or is it better to keep the empty tofu pockets in a bag for another day?
    Thank you! :)

  3. charlie137 Maine My profile page joined 8/13
    Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 1:25 am | # |

    Maangchi, Please Make Citron Tea [Tea in a jar] best thing i ever had! Love Your Sweet, Sharing Nature

  4. Pius Silvanus Medan, Indonesia My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted May 30th, 2013 at 3:12 am | # |

    Dear Maangchi, annyeonghaseyo. ^_^

    I wonder if there any appropriate substitute for cucumber, because I had an allergic on it.. Any idea??


    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 30th, 2013 at 1:13 pm | # |

      How about chopped spinach? Blanch some spinach and rinse it in cold water. Then squeeze out excess water.Chop it up and add a pinch of salt and mix. Then add to the rice. If this is too much work for you, just skip it. I use cucumber for color and crispy taste. Good luck!

  5. Blessed Singapore My profile page joined 4/10
    Posted August 25th, 2012 at 3:08 am | # |

    When I buy the tofu pockets, they do not come with the seasoning, What should I do?
    Do you have recipe for the seasoning powder and also the seasoning for the rice.
    Thank you

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 30th, 2013 at 1:15 pm | # |

      You can make your own seasoning stuff. How about roasted sesame seeds and powdered kim (seaweed paper). You can add more delicious stuff like powdered dried shrimp.

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