my bomba~* friend and i decided to have some korean grubs for dinner. my five readers may remember about the post i did on a korean market; my asian friendishes and i do enjoy various asian cuisine, including korean food. this night we picked korean tofu.
i believe koreans call this dish soon tofu; some spell it soondobu or soondubu. basically, it’s tofu in a burning hot soup that varies in spiciness; you can make a diablo version if you like a lot of kick in your food. you can add beef, seafood, veggies, or virtually anything you wish if you make it at home. my friend and i stayed with the go-to standard: the kimchi beef soon tofu.
as with most korean restaurants, you get an assortment of side dishes to accompany your meal. most of the time the side dishes are unlimited, so you can get stuffed just by eating the sides. try to exercise some control!
the burning cauldron that was soon tofu. see the bubbles? the soup was literally boiling when they serve it to your table. the reason for that was so you could put an egg in it, and cook that egg right at the table. it’s really hard to tell with a picture, so i took a short video.
happiness in a bowl. especially during wintertime.
and of course, the ubiquitous rice. when you eat soon tofu, many restaurants would serve the rice in a small stone pot. the bottom of the rice would get scorched and firm up. the server would scoop out the rice, leave the crusty rice on the bottom of the pot, then add either hot water or tea into the pot to loosen up the rice. the crusty rice would absorb the tea and turn kind of soft, at which time you could scoop it out to eat. the scorched rice would have this smoky flavor, and the tea added this nice delicate counterpoint to the almost-burned rice flavor. it ended the meal very nicely. you can find the rice with tea in other asian cultures, but you typically get regular rice with tea, not scorched rice with tea. (a simple japanese version would be plain rice and green tea, topped off with a salted plum.)
another excellent meal. eating with friends is fun!