Today I cooked an easy but nutritious side dish for lunch. Tofu is not a traditional ingredients used in Italian cuisine and people consider it as bland. With the exception of vegetarians, people don’t usually cook it. Even if I am not a vegetarian, I started appreciate the nutrition qualities of tofu ( dubu – 두부 in Korean) and cooked today with the addition of the spicy sauce that gives a delicious flavor to the dish.
For the recipe we will use firm tofu that can be easily found in supermarket or Asian grocery stores in your town.
Ingredients (for 2 people)
400 gr (15 oz) of firm tofu
roasted sesame seed
Rinse the tofu and dried it well with kitchen paper
Slice the tofu in rectangular shape 1 cm (o.5 inch) thick as shown in the picture below
Add 1 spoon on vegetable oil on a heated pan
Cook the tofu pieceson a low heat until both sides of the pieces become golden brownWhile the tofu is cooking we will prepare the spicy sauce, mixing all ingredients in a small bowl
1 chopped clove of garlic
1 chopped spring onion
1 ts chili powder (gochugaru – 고추가루)
1/2 ts miele
1.5 tbs soy sauce
2 chopped mint leaves
2 ts sesame oil
When the tofu is golden brown on both sides, place the slices on a plate
Dress the tofu with the sauce and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds
This is dish is very easy and fast to prepare and is a perfect side dish for steamed rice. Our lunch today included also a spinach side dish and cabbage kimchi.