With the abundant use of tofu here in Korea, many of the restaurants that I have happened to stumble upon serve it in ways I never thought imaginable (plain, boiled, steamed, stir fried, fried, coagulated, uncoagulated you name it). And lately, I have been itching to fry something (Korean fried chicken came to mind) and thought that tofu would be ideal. I personally love using tofu because it’s so versatile, always healthy, and can really make a great snack (or in this case a meal) when done the right way. Using the same method to make donkaas aka tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlets), I diced up the tofu into bite-size cubes (halving or quartering okay too) before dredging them in flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs, respectively. Besides that, just give them a good fry for a short while and make the sauce (easy stuff). For a healthy snack or light meal, give this recipe a try.
“Hunger is the best sauce in the world.” ~ Cervantes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 people
- 16 oz of firm tofu, cut into cubes (try to remove excess water)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour or wheat flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups breadcrumbs or the like
- 1 tsp salt in beaten eggs (optional)
- canola or vegetable oil, for frying
Sweet Soy Sauce:
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp honey (or mulyeot, corn syrup)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced (or garlic powder)
- 1 thin ginger strip (or ginger powder)
- cornstarch or flour to thicken (optional)
1. First drain tofu of excess water by slightly pressing with paper towels or by hand. Then cut into desired cube pieces, set aside.
2. Next, prepare the 3 shallow bowls for the breadcrumbs, beaten eggs, and flour. Bread the tofu by dredging it first in the flour mixture, then in the beaten egg (let excess drip off), and finally in the breadcrumbs.
3. Fill a pan or skillet with at least enough oil to submerge halfway (approx. 1 cm will work). Heat the oil on medium for several minutes before adding the tofu pieces. To test if the oil is ready, throw in a few breadcrumbs and they should bubble immediately. Fry the tofu pieces until golden brown, turning over when evenly browned on both sides, a few minutes for each side should do.
4. Carefully transfer the tofu to a plate lined with paper towels, and repeat the process for the remaining tofu cubes. Let the tofu set for a few minutes to cool before serving.
5. Prepare the sweet soy sauce (a la teriyaki sauce) by adding all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Boil on high until the mixture turns into a semi-thick syrup. Transfer to a dipping sauce dish and serve warm.