Korean Soft Tofu Stew 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Oct 3, 2016

This warming, satisfying bowl -- soondubu jjigae in Korean -- is quick to make, and it gets its funky depth of flavor from the addition of kimchi and the fermented chili paste gochujang.

Where to Buy: Find gochujang in Asian markets and some large supermarkets.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings; makes 9 cups

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups finely chopped napa cabbage
  • 7 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth
  • 2 cups kimchi, preferably vegan
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium tamari
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (see headnote)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 16 ounces soft tofu, rinsed and brought to room temperature, cut into 4 to 6 portions
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (green parts only), for garnish
  • Black sesame seeds, for garnish


Heat the sesame oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until it ripples. Add the onion and garlic; cook until browned, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the cabbage; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the broth, the kimchi with its juices, tamari, gochujang and sugar. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. Taste, and add salt as needed.

Place 1 portion of tofu in each serving bowl. Traditionally, a large piece is presented, but you can cut it into 1-inch cubes if desired.

Ladle the stew over the tofu. Garnish each portion with the scallions and sesame seeds. Serve hot.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "V Street: 100 Globe-Hopping Plates on the Cutting Edge of Vegetable Cooking," by Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2016).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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