Spicy gochujang tofu

Tofu is so versatile and shouldn’t be reserved only for vegetarians. Most hear the word ‘tofu’ and recoil in horror but now is your chance to try it in a new way.

Tofu is perfect for adding flavour onto and spicing up. Gochujang is a Korean spicy red bean paste; you can buy it as a medium spice or a hotter version so you can choose whichever suits your tastes- just remember to adjust amounts of it; you can always add more but you can’t take it back out again!

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Ingredients- serves 2
250g firm tofu
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 garlic clove- crushed
1 small piece garlic- grated
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp gochujang
2 tbsp mirin
5 tbsp water with 1tbsp cornflour mixed in
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tbsp groundnut oil
2 spring onions- shredded

1. Take your block of tofu, pay it dry and cut into 2cm pieces. Combine the soy, garlic, ginger, sugar, gochujang and mirin in a small bowl and coat the tofu to marinade. Leave aside for at least 30 minutes or longer if you can. I used a medium gochujang and was have enough to put 2 tbsp in which gave a gentle warmth!

2. Meanwhile, lightly toast the sesame seeds and reserve for serving. When your tofu is ready for use, heat the groundnut oil in a wok over a medium/ high heat and remove the tofu cubes to fry separately to get some for to it. fry the tofu. Next pop in the marinade and cook for a minute or two until it leaves a sticky, spicy coating. Serve with the shredded spring onions and sesame seeds over the top. This is perfect served with rice or noodles. I also served stir fried choy sum on the side too.

Spicy gochujang tofu- even carnivores will devour this!

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