Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
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Serves: 2
Tofu Kimchi is one of the most popular bar foods in Korea. It may seem strange to foreigners who are used to nuts or pretzels when they go out drinking but once you have tried this lovely Stir Fried Kimchi and Fresh Tofu dish with a glass of ice cold beer, you’ll never order nuts again!
What You'll Need
  • Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Onion, chopped
  • 400g Kimchi, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt (You can adjust the salt amount depending on how salty your kimchi is)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Korean Red Pepper Powder (Optional)
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • Water
  • 1 pack of Tofu, 360g cut into 1-2cm thick slices
  • 3 Slices of Chillies (Optional)
  • A Pinch of Roasted Sesame Seeds
How to Make It
  1. Heat a pan with a little vegetable oil over a high heat. Add the onions and fry them for 2 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the chopped kimchi, salt and sugar. Fry for 4-5 minutes. Add a bit of water whenever it gets too dry. Using water is healthier than oil.
  3. Add the Korean Red Pepper Powder and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes. Keep adding a little water if needed. You don’t want it to burn!
  4. Add the sesame oil and stir in. Leave it to cool.
  5. Boil some water in a kettle and pan. Put the tofu in the pan and cover with boiling water over a high heat. Boil the tofu for 3-4 minutes. When the tofu is cooked, drain the water and remove the tofu from the pan. Alternatively, you can heat the tofu in a microwave for 2 -3 minutes.
  6. Arrange the cooked tofu and the cooked kimchi on a plate. Sprinkle on the slices of chillies and roasted sesame seeds. Enjoy it with some drinks like Makgeolli (Korean alcohol made with rice), soju (Korean alcohol made with potatoes) or your favourite ice cold drink. It is perfect with a bowl of rice as well.
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