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Old 03-12-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Kimchi soup--my first success with tofu

I have used tofu in about 12 recipes, and I've not had any success at liking it--UNTIL NOW.

I drained the tofu by placing a weight on it, and letting it dry out a bit--3 hours.

Even the first day--it had no flavor.
The second day--FANTASTIC! It had soaked up the kimchi flavor.

I made a soup of Kimchi, quickly fried pork slices, some garlic, some broth, some tofu in cubes.

It only got better as time went on.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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Kimchi soup is usually better the next day. I also like to use older kimchi and cook it quite a bit before adding the tofu.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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Kimchi soup is usually better the next day. I also like to use older kimchi and cook it quite a bit before adding the tofu.
yes, I'd say this was elderly kimchi
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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we eat kimchi soup with udon and tofu all the time. for breakfast sometimes
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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@Blissful or Powerplant, Kimchi soup Recipe for success please!

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Old 03-12-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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I'm hungry for details, too, blissful!
Press and dry tofu block 3 hrs. Cube. Toss (or cook) with basic napa cabbage kimchi and refrigerate two days. Do I have it right? And then add it to a garlicky broth with maybe pork slices and udon noodles?
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
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@Blissful or Powerplant, Kimchi soup Recipe for success please!

Eric, Austin Tx.
Eric, in this one I cook the pork on top of the soup and serve it separate. But you could cut the pork up in smaller pieces cook it in the soup and at the end add tofu.

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Old 03-13-2012, 03:01 AM   #8
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lol, how do you know when kimchi is bad?

does it stop smelling like old garlic filled gym socks?

j/k. the answer is that it becomes fizzy and then makes someone sick...

gotta love a culture that doesn't use expiration dates, but rather embraces them.

i've had success with tofu. i stuffed it in the cavity around the windows to keep out drafts. it's r value outweighs it's culinary one.

again, kidding.

yes, recipe please. only something like kimchi could make tofu tasty.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #9
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Drain 10 oz tofu, placing it on the back of a plate in the sink, and use the tofu container full of water as a weight. Let it drain for 3 hours.

In the meantime, saute the pork, quickly marinated in soy sauce and coated with corn starch, in bite size pieces (8 oz boneless pork chops), in a little oil until starting to brown.
Slice up 3 cloves (or more) of garlic.
Put 2 cups of elderly kimchi in a pan, with a cup of veggie broth, the garlic and the pork. Cook for an hour or more until the pork is tender.
Add cubed tofu at the end--don't add it early or it might break up into small pieces from stirring.

Let sit in the refrigerator until the next day. Reheat and serve.
Most recipes I found, added more chili spices--I didn't add anything to make it more hot. The kimchi I had made was spicy enough for this household.

Powerplantop-good video.

I didn't think of adding udon, or any noodles--it would need more liquid for that. It would probably be good with them.

The ending taste was spicy and strongly sour and more stew like than soup like.
If you like kimchi because it makes you feel healthy on a hot day, kimchi soup makes you feel like an olympian during the cold winter.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:28 AM   #10
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Quick question. Can you make Kimchi with regular cabbage. The reason I ask is that I have a bunch here I need to use up. I know you are supposed to use Napa but what would the difference be other than texture?
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Kimchi soup--my first success with tofu I have used tofu in about 12 recipes, and I've not had any success at liking it--UNTIL NOW. I drained the tofu by placing a weight on it, and letting it dry out a bit--3 hours. Even the first day--it had no flavor. The second day--FANTASTIC! It had soaked up the kimchi flavor. I made a soup of Kimchi, quickly fried pork slices, some garlic, some broth, some tofu in cubes. It only got better as time went on. 3 stars 1 reviews
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