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Spicy Cold Tofu Tacos

One of my favorite food cultures in the world is Korean.  With the introduction of peppers via Japan via Portugal they developed one of the most unique and delicious flavor profiles in the world.  One of the best things in the world is Gochujang, it’s a red pepper paste mixed with glutinous rice and fermented soy beans(miso).  It can be found in a lot of Korean cooking, and for good reason, it has a nutty earthy heat to it with a palate pleasing texture.  Korean food also gained a spot in my heart for their ability to make tofu taste amazing, and today’s tacos are based off a marinated or braised tofu dish called dubu jolim (or jorim, have seen it both ways).   When making this with friends for a taco night, we decided it wasn’t salty enough, but adding more soy sauce could over power the flavors so we added crumbled cotija cheese and it really turned it into something amazing.  These Korean inspired delights are vegan and vegetarian friendly, but I guarantee carnivores will destroy them also!

 

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SPICY COLD TOFU TACOS

TACO INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package – Small Corn Tortillas
  • 8oz – Firm Tofu, 1″ cubes
  • 2 – Green Onions, white and some green parts sliced thin
  • 1/3cup – Crumbled Cotija Cheese (feta may be substituted)

DRESSING INGREDIENTS

  • 2tsp – Sesame Oil
  • 1tbsp – Soy Sauce
  • 1tsp – Grated Ginger
  • 2tsp – Grated Garlic (2 smaller cloves)
  • 2tbsp – Gochujang (Korean pepper paste, no substitutions, available in Asian Markets, Kochujan in Japanese markets)
  • 2tbsp – Kimchi Liquid
    • Garnish – Kimchi sliced into ribbons
    • Garnish – Green Onion julienne
    • Garnish – Chopped Cilantro
    • Garnish – Lime Juice

    spicy tofu tacos

RECIPE

  1. Spread tofu out on paper towel or tea towel and cover with more towels and drain/dry for about 5 minutes
  2. Combine all ingredients and whisk until Gochujang is fully dissolved and garlic/ginger are well incorporated
  3. Place tofu in a mixing bowl with cotija cheese, cover with sauce and fold very gently, then sprinkle with green onions, drizzle with additional sesame oil if you desire
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet to high heat and toast tortillas lightly until pliable
  5. Place 1tbsp of the tofu mixture in tortilla, top with garnishes of your choosing, and enjoy!