Monday, April 27, 2015

Spinach with Tofu & Sesame Dressing (Tofu goma ae)

This is a traditional side dish prepared with tofu and spinach. But you can use other green vegetables of your choice. My daughter likes it without green! 

Ingredients (for four):

Spinach                            1 bunch
Water                                  4 cups

White sesame paste:
Tofu                                   1/2 block (you can choose either silky one or hard one)
White sesame*                     2 teaspoons (roasted)
Sesame paste or tahini 2 tablespoons
Low sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon
White miso 1 tablespoon
Brown sugar (or regular sugar) 1/4 teaspoon (optional)

Put water into a large pot with high heat. Once the water boils, turn the heat down and add spinach; wilt the spinach for a very short time (about 2 minuets). Take the spinach out of the water and drain the water well. Cut the cooked spinach into 3-4 cm (1 1/2 inches) long and squeeze the cut spinach in your hand to take out more water. 

Grind sesame in a sesame grinder (or mortar & pestle) and add it to a large bowl. Mix  sesame, sesame paste, miso and soy sauce well.  Break tofu into small pieces with your hands and place them into the bowl. Mix it well to make a pasty sauce. Add spinach in to the large bowl and mix well with the paste and serve.

* Japanese or Korean sesame is recommended for this dish

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