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Pan-fried Tofu, Dubu Buchim

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quick n easy
nut free
prep time: 
5 min
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0 min
cooking time: 
10 min
total time: 
15 min

Everyone knows tofu is good for the body. This dish also gives it a great flavor and a nice kick, adding real zest to the healthy favorite.

This is probably a dream dish for vegetarians and vegans.

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11 ozTofu, Firm (for panfrying) 부침용 두부 (about half block of average tofu)
1 tspVegetable Oil 식용유
1⅓ tbsSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
1 tspSesame Oil 참기름
1 tspGochugaru, Korean Hot Pepper Flakes 고추가루 (optional)
1 tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
1 tspChopped Green Onion 다진파
1 tspSugar 설탕
½ tspBlack Pepper 후추
2 tspSesame Seeds 깨 (optional)
½ ozSilgochu, Chili Pepper Thread 실고추 (optional)

Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Chili thread (shredded & dried red chili pepper) and sesame seeds can be omitted.

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1. Wash & Cut

Gently rinse the tofu under running water. Dry it with kitchen towel. Slice the tofu into rectangles (1¼” X 1½” X ⅜” or 3cm x 4cm x 1cm). You can cut into different sizes as long as the thickness is ⅜” or 1cm.

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Gently rinse


Cut (1¼” X 1½” X ⅜” or 3cm x 4cm x 1cm)

2. Add oil and tofu

Pour 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a pan and add the sliced tofu. Do not preheat the vegetable oil! Water from tofu may make the hot vegetable oil splash all over you!.

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1 tbs vegetable oil in a pan

Add the sliced tofu

Do NOT preheat

3. Panfry

Pan-fry the tofu for 2 minutes on high heat for each side. (If you are worried about burning your tofu, do it on LOW heat for 5 min each side. However, tofu will be crispier on high heat.) When it turns golden brown, turn off the heat.

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2 min each side

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until golden brown

4. Seasoning

Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl (4 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of red chili pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onion, 1 teaspoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of black pepper and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds).

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  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

5. Serve

Place the pan-fried tofu on a plate and spoon the seasoning sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle some chile thread (optional). Enjoy!

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Serve on plate

Spoon sauce on top

Garnish with chili thread (optional)



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