How’s your year going so far? We’ve been so busy, as usual. Christmas ends the 6th of January here in Spain, so we spent some quality time with our families and then we moved to a new city. We’re still living in the south of Spain, in a beautiful city called Seville. It’s Alberto’s hometown, so we have family here. I know I’ll miss Malaga, but Seville is an amazing city to live and I’m so excited to know new places and restaurants. Besides, we can see trees from my window and are surrounded by green areas, yay!
We want to travel more during this year, spend time in nature, exercise more and work hard for you guys. I know 2017 is going to be amazing, I’m so happy for all the good things to come!
Korean cuisine is one of my favorite ones and I make Korean dishes almost every week. This recipe is adapted from Maangchi’s spicy braised tofu. She’s a Korean youtuber and makes some vegan recipes that are incredibly delicious and you can also veganized the non-vegan ones using plant based ingredients. If you love Asian food, take a look at her channel!
As I make Korean dishes all the time I always have some Korean ingredients in my kitchen, like gojuchang, but as I know they’re not very common or easy to find, I’ll give you some alternatives when I use them. Always read my tips to know how to replace them.
- Use any oil or sweetener you have on hand.
- Sea salt can be used instead of the tamari or soy sauce.
- You can find gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) in many Asian markets, but if you can’t, use some tomato paste with some cayenne powder or some Sriracha to make the tomato paste spicy instead of the gochujang.
- If you prefer an oil-free version, sauté the veggies using some water.
- You can sautée or bake the tofu.
- If you’re going to bake it, preheat the oven to 400ºF or 200ºC and bake it for about 15 minutes on one side and for another 5 minutes on the other side. Cook longer if needed until golden brown.
- If you’re going to sautée the tofu, heat some oil in a skillet, and when it’s hot, add the tofu and cook over medium-high heat for both sides until golden brown.
- Mix the sugar, soy sauce, gochujang, and vegetable stock or water in a bowl until well combined. Set aside.
- Heat the 1 tbsp oil in a skillet and cook the garlic and onion over medium-high heat until golden brown, stirring frequently.
- Incorporate the cooked tofu and the sauce, stir, and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Serve your spicy tofu immediately or store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. It can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed through. Add a little water or vegetable stock if needed.
- You can find gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) at many Asian markets, but if you don’t have one close by, you’ll be able to easily get it through this affiliate link. Another option would be to use tomato paste with some cayenne powder or Sriracha to make the tomato paste spicy instead of the gochujang.
- Feel free to use other types of sugar, like granulated, coconut, or cane sugar. Make sure the sugar you’re using is vegan.
- Serving Size: 1/2 of the recipe
- Calories: 315
- Sugar: 3.2 g
- Sodium: 819.2 mg
- Fat: 20.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 14.2 g
- Fiber: 4.5 g
- Protein: 24.9 g