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Soft Tofu and Vegetable Stew

  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the stock

4 dried shiitake mushrooms
700ml water
13cm x 5cm piece kombu
1 spring onion, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, roughly chopped

For the stew

1 tbsp vegetable
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbsp Korean chilli flakes (gochugaru), or to taste
1 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic. grated

1. For the stock: In a large pot, place the water, mushrooms, seaweed, scallions/spring onions and onions. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, covered, for 45 minutes. Strain the stock, discarding the solids/boiled items, and set aside.

2. For the stew: In a heavy thick-bottomed medium pot, drizzle in the vegetable oil and warm over low heat. Add the onion and the gochugaru.

3. Sauté over medium-low heat, until onions are just soft, taking care not to brown them. Add the ginger and garlic, give it a quick mix, then pour in the reserved stock.

4. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then stir in the courgette/zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, and napa or Korean cabbage.

5. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt then add the tofu carefully as it will break apart easily. Simmer until the tofu is heated through.

6. Crack a couple of eggs in on top and give it a gentle mix to break it apart and cook.

7. Garnish the stew with chopped chives, spring onions, and red chillies. Serve immediately.

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