Recipe of the Week: Quick and Easy Mild Soondubu (Soft Tofu Soup)

Frequently, I’m asked for my soondubu recipe. Here’s the quickest and simplest version.

Of course the fastest way is for you to go to the local Korean grocery store and buy a instant soup mix and add silken tofu to it. But that has a lot of artificial flavors, preservatives, and msg.


A tube of silken tofu

6-8 raw shrimp diced

1 scallion, green and white parts diced

1 1/2 cup water

salt and pepper to taste

A dash of sesame oil

A splash of fish sauce

Gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) to taste


In a medium pre-heated pot, add diced shrimp and quickly saute. Lower heat to medium and add a dash of sesame oil, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Add water and diced scallion and boil for about 3 mins. Add tofu and a splash of fish sauce and let the soup go for another 5 mins. Add a sprinkle of gochugaru and taste to adjust seasoning.

Eat it with some brown rice and you will never pick up that instant packet again!


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