Protein. 💪 What's a great source of plant-based protein? 🌱💪 Soy! What's a common form of consuming soy? 🌱🍮💚 Tofu.
This may be nothing new to you. But do you know how to enjoy tofu in Korea? 🇰🇷🍮🇰🇵 It comes in maaany different textures and is used in various dishes! But what if you can't cook food at home and need to know a veggie-friendly dish when eating out?
Here's one filling and healthy option:
Dubu buchim 두부부침
While "dubu" is Korean for tofu, "buchim" can be translated as "fried". That is literally what it is: Fried tofu. 🍮♨️ To be more precise, it's thick slices of tofu which have been fried on a pan or iron griddle.🔥 Too plain and bland? That's why it is served with a dip, which is most commonly based on soy sauce! Beside soy sauce, the dip may contain other seasonings such as chili flakes, sesame seeds or chives. Indeed quite a simple dish, but 🌱vegan and very 💪nutritious! Especially delicious when it has a slightly golden crust and soft and juicy inside!
Dubu Buchim is normally available at tofu speciality restaurants ("dubu yori jeonmunjeom" 두부요리전문점), which offer also other, non-veggie dishes featuring tofu. 🚫🌱 If you are lucky, the location uses black soy beans, so their tofu has a slightly greyish color! 🖤 Apart from that, you can find Dubu Buchim on the menu of some Korean-style pubs, since it can be considered as "anju" (안주) - a dish to accomony alcohol. 🍶 Prices vary strongly and range between 💲8.000 and 💲💲18.000 KRW for one serving which is normally shared!
If you'd rather make Dubu Buchim yourself, pay attention to the type of tofu! Even within the category of "firm tofu", there are some which are particularly good for pan-frying🍳 whereas others are used in stews because they absorb liquids better.🍲 So when you are grocery shopping, look out for words like 부침용 ("buchimyong") or 단단한 ("dandanhan") on the label, which indicate that the tofu's consistency is optimal for frying!
How do you like your tofu best?🤗 Fried? Steamed? Deep-fried?
For more info on veggie-friendly food in Korea, check out www.sesame-sprinkles.com 👉 link on profile! 💚