Life in Korea

Korean Food | Dubu Kimchi (두부 김치)


Hubby was craving for some dubu kimchi last night. So on our way home from work, we dropped by the supermarket to buy the main ingredients. Dubu Kimchi is a Korean dish that consists of stir-fried aged kimchi, veggies and pork served with boiled or pan-fried tofu. It is usually served as anju (‘pulutan’ in Filipino) here in Korea. It is one of my husband’s favorite dishes for dinner. Let me show you how I make dubu kimchi at home.


Ingredients: 2-3 servings

  • 300 grams pork (I prefer using the neck part because it is less fatty than pork belly)
  • 500 grams Tofu
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salted shrimp (you can also use soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. gochukaru (red pepper powder)
  • 1 1/2 cup aged cabbage kimchi
  • 1 tsp sugar or mulyeot (corn syrup)
  • sesame seeds (for garnish)


  • Slice the pork thinly and cut the kimchi into bite sizes. Slice the onion and scallions. Mix the pork, kimchi, onion, scallions, garlic, salted shrimp and pepper powder in a large bowl, and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Most people use chili paste for dubu kimchi but I prefer using chili powder because it has a clear taste and does not overpower the flavor of the pork and veggies.


  • This step is optional. Boil 2-3 cups of boiling water with 1 tsp of salt. Blanch the block of tofu for 3 minutes then carefully transfer the tofu to a colander to drain. Cut the tofu into two blocks, then cut each block into 1-inch slices. Boiling enhances the firmness and flavor of the tofu. You can also pan-fry the tofu if you like.
  • Drizzle a little bit of oil on the fry pan. I like using extra virgin olive oil in cooking.


  • Stir-fry the mixed ingredients on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Add some mulyeot or sugar for a little sweetness. You can also add a little bit of kimchi juice to add more flavor. Cook until the pork is done and the kimchi is soft. Stir frequently.


  • Arrange the tofu slices and the stir-fried pork and kimchi nicely on a plate. Our dubu kimchi is done! 🙂
Sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds.


Finally, serve with rice and other side dishes. Enjoy! 🙂

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