Stir-fried tofu with spicy soy sauce

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Lifestyle, Worldwide Korea Bloggers

Hello all,

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
  • soy sauce
  • garlic
  • sesame oil
  • spring onion
  • chili powder
  • mint leaves
  • roasted sesame seed


  1. Rinse the tofu and dried it well with kitchen paper
  2. Slice the tofu in rectangular shape 1 cm (o.5 inch) thick as shown in the picture below
    tofu a rettangoli
  3. Add 1 spoon on vegetable oil on a heated pan
  4. Cook the tofu pieces on a low heat until both sides of the pieces become golden browntofu doratoWhile 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 – 고춧가루)
    • 1/2 ts miele (honey, sugar equivalent)
    • 1.5 tbs soy sauce
    • 2 chopped mint leaves
    • 2 ts sesame oil
  5. When the tofu is golden brown on both sides, place the slices on a plate
  6. Dress the tofu with the sauce and sprinkle with roasted sesame seedstofu in padella con salsa piccante

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.

Try to cook it yourself and let me know how it goes! You can also find me on my blog Kimchi&Basil where I write about Korean food culture from a point of view of an Italian and share my recipes.



About the Author

Vincenzo Acampora Carratura

An Italian expat who has lived in three different European countries and who is now planning to move to South Korea. The passion about South Korea hit him back in 2010 when he met very special Korean people in Berlin. From that moment he is focusing on learning more about the country, starting from its history, language and food culture. He recently started a food blog on Korean food and trying to learn about it and share it. Apart from being an avid eater, he is also a decent chef and enjoys cooking for friends. His other passions include watching movies, practising martial arts and listening to rock music.