Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tofu and Kimchi/Dubu Kimchi (두부김치)

Dubu Kimchi is the combination of boiled tofu and stir fried kimchi. It's almost considered a main dish. Why almost? Because dubu kimchi is actually served in soju bang or places that mainly serve liquors. It is a something we call "pulutan".

The key to many kimchi based food is the old kimchi flavor. It should be sour and not fresh. Otherwise, it's not going to taste like it should. You can also stir fry kimchi with pork belly or beef.

Dubu Kimchi

2 cups old kimchi with some of juice
1/2 small onion chopped
2 tsp sugar
2 tbs oil for frying
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
1/2 block tofu

1. Boil the tofu in water for 5 minutes. Drain the tofu and set aside for a while before slicing.
2. Put cooking oil in a hot skillet.
3. Add the garlic and onion. Saute until aromatic.
4. Add the kimchi. Stir fry until wilted. About 15 min for old kimchi.
5. Turn off the heat and add sesame oil and roasted sesame seeds.
6. Transfer to a plate and serve with the boiled tofu slices.

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