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Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew - Soondubu
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Soondubu - Spicy Korean Tofu Stew

Soondubu is a spicy Korean stew that is made with freshly curdled soft tofu, vegetables, and meat. Make it under 10 minutes!
Course: Medium
Servings: 20 servings


  • 1 cup Onion
  • ½ cup Spring onion
  • ½ cup Minced pork

Soondubu Paste

  • 1 Cup Gochugaru (Korean Red Chili Flakes)
  • ¼ Cup Kosher Salt (Don't use table salt)
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Cup Minced garlic
  • Cup Soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame oil

Soondubu Stew

  • 2 Tablespoons Soondubu paste (shown above)
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 350 grams Silken Tofu (1 Tube)
  • 1 Shiitake mushroom
  • 3-4 Clams
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Spring onion
  • Few Shakes Black pepper


Prep Paste

  • Dice Onions (1 cup) and Spring Onion (½ cup) into small pieces. Give your Minced Meat (½ cup) one more chop.
  • Place each ingredient listed under "Soondubu Paste" onto small dishes (except for the vegetable and sesame oil).
  • Mix Vegetable Oil (4 Tablespoons) and Sesame Oil (1 Tablespoons) together in a separate dish. Set aside.

Make Paste

  • Pour the Mixed Oil (5 Tablespoons) into a large frying pan. Once oil is hot, place in Spring Onions (½ cup).
  • When spring onions are sizzling, place in Minced Pork (½ cup). Then add in chopped Onions (1 cup). Cook onions until they turn translucent and there is little left-over liquid in the pan.
  • Then add in Minced Garlic (⅓ cup) and mix well. Then add in Gochugaru (1 cup). Lower heat.
  • Add in Salt (¼ cup) and Sugar (3 Tablespoons). Then add in Soy Sauce (⅓ cup). Give final mix and set the paste aside in a bowl to cool-off.

Make Soondubu

  • Pour Water (½ cup) and Soondubu Paste (2 Tablespoons) into pot. Thoroughly mix-in the paste as the water comes to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, add in the mushrooms and seafood (or other meats). Add in 1 tube of silken tofu (350 grams). Break tofu up with a spoon. Let it cook for one minute.
  • Now... important! Give it taste. If it taste slightly too spicy (or salty) for your palate... feel free to add 1-2 dashes of water.
  • Now drop in 1 egg. Garnish with spring onion slices and black pepper. Eat with rice!


  • After you drop-in the paste, make sure to use a spoon to dissolve it into the boiling water. After you place in the tofu, break it into smaller pieces with your spoon so that all of the tofu curds can get flavored in the sauce. If you are vegetarian, replace the minced pork (in the paste) with diced button mushrooms.
  • Place left-over paste in a few ziploc bags. Use your hands to flatten out the paste. Then store in the freezer. Will keep for 2-3 months.
  • See video below for more details