There is a very popular Korean dish using tofu and kimchi that is called “DuBu Kimchi(두부 김치).” In many Korean dishes, tofu, kimchi, and pork are used together. Those three ingredients are a great match together. This tofu kimchi is a very popular side for those who drink in Korea. Of course, it can be good for any kind of meal or party too. Try it someday.
Yield: 4 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- Beol (벌) = Bee
- Beol (벌) = Punishment
- 1 Pack Soft Tofu (16 oz)
- ½ Cup Onion
- 3 Green Onions
- ½ Tbsp Red Hot Pepper (Optional)
- ½ Tbsp Green Hot Pepper (Optional)
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Seeds (Garnish)
- 2 Cups Pork (1 lb)
- 2 Tbsp Hot Pepper Paste
- 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Wine (or Water)
- 1 Tbsp Garlic, Minced
- 2 Pinches Black Pepper
- 2 Pinches Salt (Optional)
- 1 Pinch Ginger Powder
Obtain about 2 cups (1 lb) of pork. I like my meat lean; however, you can get any cut of pork that you like. You can also replace the pork with a different kind of meat. If you are a vegetarian, just skip the meat. 🙂
Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces.
Cut ½ cup worth of an onion into ¼ inch pieces. Cut 3 green onions into ½ inch pieces. Cut ½ Tbsp worth each of a red and a green hot pepper into ½ inch pieces.
Mix all the ingredients for the pork in a mixing bowl: 2 cups pork (1 lb), 2 Tbsp hot pepper paste, 1 Tbsp hot pepper powder, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp cooking wine (or water), 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 2 pinches of black pepper, 2 pinches of salt (optional), and 1 pinch of ginger powder.
Cover it with a plastic wrap and marinate it for at least 15 minutes.
Obtain about 2 cups (1 lb) of well fermented kimchi. The most important ingredient for this dish is well flavored kimchi.
Cut the kimchi into 1 inch pieces.
Mix all the ingredients for the kimchi in a small mixing bowl: 2 cups of well fermented kimchi (1 lb), 1 tsp sugar, and ½ Tbsp sesame oil.
After marinating the pork, add it to a heated pan. Fry for about 3 minutes on medium-high, or until the pork is no longer pink.
Add the kimchi to the pan and fry for another 4 minutes at the same temperature. Occasionally stir it so that it will not burn to the bottom.
While the pork and kimchi is cooking, obtain 1 pack (16 oz) of tofu. There are different ways to serve tofu for this dish. You can fry firm tofu on a pan with little bit of oil, or you can cover the tofu with some flour or egg mixture before frying. You can also just boil some soft tofu.
I like my tofu boiled instead of fried. I prefer to use soft tofu in this case. So I cooked the tofu in boiling water for about a minute on high. If your tofu was made for just eating, without cooking, you can skip this step.
After 4 minutes, add the green onions and hot peppers. Fry one more minute and then turn off the heat.
Sprinkle about ½ Tbsp of sesame seeds on top before serving.
Cut the cooked tofu in half and then into about ¼ inch slices.
When you eat it, place one piece of tofu on a plate and put a piece of pork and kimchi on top. Eat them all together. Enjoy! We are having a May 2012 contest with Sempio’s vermicelli on my second YouTube Channel, aeriskitchen4sempio. The event is for USA residents only. If you are interested in it, please check it out.