Hi! Long time no see. I’m sorry that I have not been able to upload videos for a couple of weeks due to my Internet issue. Did you miss me and my recipes? I hope you did. 😉 Anyway, it is so nice to upload a video after a long time. Today I prepared a delicious recipe that vegetarians and everyone else will love. It is a spicy stir-fried tofu dish called “kkanpung dubu” in Korean. This spicy, sweet, sour crispy tofu dish changed Bryson’s thoughts about tofu. If you are not a big fan of tofu like him, then please watch this video and try it someday. So, let’s get started.
Yield: 2 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- JungGuk (중국) = China
- IlBon (일본) = Japan
- 1 Pack Firm Tofu (16 oz)
- ½ Cup Onion
- ¼ Cup Green Onion
- 2 Tbsp Dried Hot Pepper Pieces
- 1 Tbsp Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Oil
- ½ Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- ½ Cup Cornstarch
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ⅛ tsp Black Pepper
- 3 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1½ Tbsp Water
- 1½ Tbsp Sugar
- ½ Tbsp Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
First, get a pack of firm tofu (16 oz). I like to use a Korean brand of tofu, but you can use whatever brand you like. Tap the tofu gently with a paper towel to remove some liquid from the tofu.
Cut the tofu into cubes slightly smaller than ½ inch. Once again, pad off the tofu with a paper towel lightly to remove the water. To make crispy tofu, we have to fry the tofu and then mix it with the sauce. So, while I prepare the rest of the ingredients, I’ll set the tofu aside for a while.
Next, put ½ cup cornstarch, ¼ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp black pepper into a food storage bag. Shake the food storage bag to get the powder mixed up well enough.
To make a delicious sauce, put 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 1½ Tbsp water, 1½ Tbsp sugar, ½ Tbsp vinegar, and 1 tsp sesame oil in a small bowl and stir it until the sugar dissolves.
Finally, let’s prepare some vegetables to add great flavor to the sauce. One is dried hot peppers (chilies). It’s easy to get these in an American grocery store. Wipe the peppers with a wet paper towel to remove the dust. Cut the top off and shake the peppers lightly to remove the seeds inside. Then cut the dried peppers into small thin strips with scissors. In addition to the dried chilies, prepare ½ cup onions, ¼ cup green onion, and 1 Tbsp garlic chopped into very small pieces.
Okay, it’s time to fry the tofu. Put all the tofu into the powder mix bag and shake the bag carefully. It only takes a few shakes to cover the tofu well enough.
Pre-heat a nonstick pan to medium-high. Then put about 3 Tbsp of oil in the pan.
Place the tofu in the pan and fry for about 10 minutes. Occasionally flip the tofu in multiple directions so that all the sides can be evenly fried.
After 10 minutes, you will have these nicely golden brown tofu pieces.
Quickly transfer the tofu to a plate covered with paper towels.
Put 1 Tbsp hot pepper oil and ½ Tbsp cooking oil in the preheated wok.
Put the prepared garlic in the oil and fry it for about 20 seconds on high. The smell of the garlic penetrates into the oil and helps to make this dish more flavorful.
After 20 seconds, put the remaining vegetables and sauce into the wok.
Reduce the temperature to medium-high and boil the sauce for 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, add the tofu into the sauce and mix everything together well.
Stir fry the tofu for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, you will see that the sauce is almost absorbed into the tofu. Now, this dish has finished cooking.
Turn off the stove and sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds over the tofu.
This dish is easy to make and it is convenient to eat and delicious, so it is good for party food and children’s snacks. Do you like tofu? Are you a vegetarian? Do you also like spicy food? Then I will strongly recommend today’s dish, kanbu tofu. Please try it some time. If you want to watch our boy’s Muckbang (Eating show) video for this recipe, please check it out. Here is a link for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfmENyYjW3c&t=7s