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Simply Delicious Korean Tofu (Dubu) Recipes


Tofu (or Dubu, Tubu, Dooboo in Korean) is made by curdling soymilk. It's similar in process to the way cheese is made from cow or goat's milk. The coagulated soymilk is pressed into blocks known as soymilk.

Dubu is high in protein and calcium and is low in fat and carbohydrates. It is also delicious and easy to prepare in a number of ways as it absorbs the flavor of the seasonings and foods it is cooked with. Bean curd originated in China and spread to Korea, Japan and other parts of Asia.

1. Easy Steamed Tofu with Dipping Sauce

Steamed Tofu
Naomi Imatome Yun
This easy steamed tofu is a basic dish that can be made in the microwave or on the stovetop. Healthy, versatile, and good with any number of Asian dipping sauces, dubu tchim (steamed tofu) is a classic Korean dish that is good for any season.

2. Spicy Korean Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubuchigae)

Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew
Naomi Imatome Yun
Like many Korean stews, soondubuchigae can be adjusted for very different spice levels and flavor preferences. Some people like their soondubu with pork and kimchi, and I do admit that it's a delicious combination. But most of the time I crave it with clams, kimchi, and an anchovy base. In restaurants, soondubuchigae is served in traditional earthenware bowls while bubbling hot. Raw egg is added to the stew and folded into the contents to cook from the heat within the bowl.

3. Korean Braised Tofu Recipe

This braised tofu recipe is a healthy, sweet, spicy, salty, smooth and savory dish that is good for any meal. It takes very little effort on the stove, but it makes an excellent meatless main dish.

4. Anytime Asian Noodle Soup

This noodle soup is delicious and easy to make and modify for whatever vegetables or protein that you have in your kitchen. It can be made spicy or mild, chunky or smooth, vegetarian or in a meat-lover's version.

5. Tofu and Sauteed Kimchi (Dubu Kimchi)

Sauteed Kimchi and Tofu
Naomi Imatome
Dubu Kimchi is a popular anju (Korean drinking snack) and a delicious, easy way to use leftover or older kimchi. The vibrant flavor of the sauteed kimchi is mellowed by the soft, delicate texture of the plain tofu.

6. Korean Spicy Noodle Soup Recipe

I first made up this soup for a friend who loves Korean food but lives on a low-carb diet. I thought it would be a one-time wonder, but it is such a forgiving recipe that I now make it when I need a meal with only a few ingredients. It can take different vegetables, noodles, and proteins and will still taste good. I have used tofu, brisket, rotisserie chicken, and tuna in this soup (separately!) with great success. This recipe calls for Tofu Shirataki noodles, which are low-carb Japanese noodles. But if you are not on a low-carb diet, you can use other Asian noodles; I like to use udon or sweet potato noodles.
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