Friday, September 4, 2015

Soondubu Jjigae (sort of)

This soup had marvelous sour, spicy, and umami flavors.

Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubu Jjigae)
(adapted from gumshoe gastronomy)

For the stock:
1 sheet of dried kelp
3 dried shitake mushrooms
½ onion, quartered
6 cups water
For the sauce:
2 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 TB chili-garlic paste
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey or agave
1 Tbsp liquid from kimchi jar
For the stew:
1 Tbsp olive oil
6 shitake mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c asian-style pickles (I used these) or kimchi, chopped
3 c shredded cabbage
1/3 lb soft or silken tofu
Salt, to taste

1. Combine all stock ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Mix together all sauce ingredients and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes until the mushrooms release their liquid. Stir in the sauce and sauté for a few seconds until bubbling. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Add the remaining veggies and cook until cabbage wilts.
3. Drop the tofu into the stew in one block. Gently break up the tofu as you stir it into the sauce (don’t crumble it in because the stew should be chunky and the tofu is very delicate). Continue to boil until the veggies are soft.
4. Taste for salt. Serve with white or brown rice and garnishes.


oddballrolling said...

Love your blog, thanks for posting! I've just recently gone vegan and I'm a big fan of your pasta/soup recipes.

Just curious but where can I find harissa? I noticed you use it pretty frequently and haven't a clue as to where to find it.

Julia said...

Thanks for commenting! I make my own harissa using this recipe; you can make a big (double or triple perhaps?) batch and then freeze it in smaller quantities if you are worried about using it up before it goes bad in your fridge.

I've never bought harissa, and I imagine that different brands and recipes vary, but I would check specialty shops and Middle Eastern grocers... or maybe Whole Foods?