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February 11, 2012

Tofu Broccoli Salad; simple, healthy, and yes, it's delicious!

"Only bad witches are ugly..."
This is what Glinda, the pretty Good Witch of the North, said to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
I don't think she ever realized that some bad witches can be quite beautiful.
At least Elphaba, the Bad Witch of the West, was.
She had a certain radiance that captured the winkie prince Fiyero's heart, which the pretty Glinda herself couldn't.

Last month I drove over 4 hours to Singapore with my family to watch "Wicked," the famous Broadway show. It was undoubtedly a great show and my kids just loved it.
But for some very WICKED reason, I kept thinking of "broccoli" while I was watching.
How bizarre!

It could be Elphaba's green face or the green emerald city in the land of Oz on the stage.
Or it could simply be that I'd gone mad, which happens from time to time.
Whatever the reason was, I was inspired with broccoli and happy to present it today.

Broccoli and my unfortunately squashed tofu

I never had broccoli as I was growing up in Korea, nor I have seen it until I came to U.S over 20 years ago.
Although broccoli wasn't widely available for my childhood, which some of you might think that as "lucky", you can find them very easily anywhere in Korea these days.

My first encounter to broccoli was "scary"! I thought I was eating a wicked moss ball.
After a few attempts, I began to enjoy their green beauty! I love them.., I love them to death now.

Here is one dish that you can fuse this glorious vegetable with tofu.
It is easy and delicious, not to mention of their super healthy power.
You just need to know a simple technique to bring out the true radiance of Ms. Broccoli. 


1 head broccoli
4 oz firm tofu
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 teaspoon Korean soy sauce for soup
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
salt to taste, optional

Here is how:

Cut up the broccoli florets into small pieces.

Place broccoli and tofu in a hot steamer and steam for 2-3 minutes until the broccoli is tender yet retains their green beauty.

Tender yet green...,  hard to achieve, isn't it?

Rinse them in the cold water to stop cooking further.

Wrap tofu with fine cotton cloth (or cheese cloth) and squeeze out to remove some water.
Then, crumble your tofu.

Place them in a shallow bowl but don't combine yet.

Get these stuff. Sesame seeds, Korean soy sauce for soup, sesame oil and garlic (minced).

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of this "Korean soy sauce for soup" to tofu and the other 1 teaspoon to broccoli

Oh, don't forget to add chopped garlic and green onion, sesame oil and sesame seeds .

Start massaging around your tofu with seasoning... because you love him so much.

This step will season the bland tofu without bruising the broccoli.

Now, gently toss all together. Taste and season with salt if you need.

Done! Lovely!

Vegan worthy.
Any other words I'm missing?

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At February 12, 2012 at 1:10 AM , Anonymous Smile said...

That looks so very delicious!

At February 12, 2012 at 5:55 AM , Anonymous Mirabell said...

mmmm.. it seems delicious!

At February 12, 2012 at 7:37 AM , Anonymous Hyosun Ro said...

Love tofu addition here!

At February 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM , Anonymous Camila Maeda said...

I love tofu!
It looks delicious!

At February 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM , Anonymous Paul said...

It certainly looks yummy and delicious. It is a very quick, easy and hassle free recipe indeed!

At February 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM , Anonymous raina hussain said...

sure looks easy,and quick to prepare.Will try the korean dishes esp bulgogi......we normally have them at korean restaurants in and around klumpur.

At February 13, 2012 at 6:29 AM , Anonymous Serena Simpson said...

I love this!!   I can't wait to try it out!!

At February 13, 2012 at 6:57 AM , Anonymous Koki Colléen said...

Looks very easy and delicious! :) 

At February 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 Hi Raina, Hope you can give it a try soon. Bulgogi is everyone's favorite. Thanks for the comment.

At February 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 Yes, it is. And it is nutritious, too.

At February 13, 2012 at 7:41 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 If you like tofu, and hopefully like broccoli as well.., then you will like this dish.

At February 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM , Anonymous kitchenriffs said...

Nice dish and a great way to use tofu.  How does "Soy Sauce for Soup" differ from regular soy sauce?

At February 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM , Anonymous Monika said...

It must be great, because looks great!! :)

At February 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM , Anonymous Tor Ince said...

This looks delicious! A lot of Korean food seems to be vegan-friendly, which I love. I'm making up a list of your recipes to make!

At February 14, 2012 at 6:25 AM , Anonymous Ad Riannesy said...

good reference or future recipes for my hubby who's korean

At February 14, 2012 at 7:23 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

It is saltier than regular soy sauce with more pungent flavor. Similar to fish sauce but milder and of course it is made from fermented soy, not fish.

At February 14, 2012 at 7:36 AM , Anonymous dplfunk said...

I love the jump from "OZ" to broccoli.  Ha.

At February 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM , Anonymous Ryan K said...

Your blog is beautiful! your food looks delisH! 

At February 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous jen said...

love this it looks just yummy.

At February 15, 2012 at 3:37 AM , Anonymous Elieyelens said...

Looks delicious!

At February 15, 2012 at 6:33 AM , Anonymous Nancy said...

This recipe is delicious! My whole family loved it. I will be making it again. Thanks, Holly.

At February 15, 2012 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous Loogy0404 said...

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At February 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Anonymous erin goh said...

This looks good, I'm adding it to my collection of salad recipes that I can bring to work.

At February 17, 2012 at 6:46 AM , Anonymous e.j. hazzard-ransom said...

I'm going to try this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing!

At March 14, 2012 at 5:17 AM , Anonymous Regina Granada said...

Wow! So simple to make.



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