There is a Korean proverb that says, “It is good to eat rice cakes that look good.” It seems that pretty food that pleases our eyes tastes even better. So today, I’m going to make a very pretty side dish using tofu and spam. This is called “tofu spam pancake.” The savory taste of tofu combined with the salty spam creates a very pleasing taste. I think it would be perfect as a side dish for a lunch box or as a finger food for a party. Try making it sometime.
Yield: 1 Dozen
Short Korean Lesson
- YangSim (양심) = Conscience
- GoBaek (고백) = Confession
- ½ Pack Extra Firm Tofu (7 oz)
- 2 Slices (½ inch thick) Spam or Corned Beef
- 3 Tbsp Korean Frying Mix (Korean Pancake Mix or Wheat Flour)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- Some Dried Parsley (for Garnish)
Divide 1 pack of extra firm tofu in half.
Then, divide one portion of the tofu into 4 slices. It will be slightly thinner than a half inch thick.
Use a paper towel to gently pat the surface of the tofu to remove any liquid.
Prepare the spam and cut it into 2 pieces with the same thickness and size as the tofu slices.
If you don’t like spam, try corned beef. My family and I actually think that corned beef tastes better in this dish than spam.
Stack them like you are making a sandwich, with the tofu on the outside.
Put about 3 Tbsp of Korean frying mix on a plate. You can also use Korean pancake mix or normal wheat flour.
Coat the tofu-spam sandwich with flour. It is important to ensure that the flour evenly coats all the sides.
Crack 1 egg and stir it well. Then, coat the tofu-spam sandwich with the egg mixture.
Drizzle 1 Tbsp of cooking oil on a heated nonstick pan or a cast iron pan. Place the tofu-spam sandwiches on it.
Fry them for about 6-8 minutes on medium.
Every 2 minutes, turn them over on a different side so that all of them cook evenly. In 8 minutes, you will get these beautifully fried tofu spam BuChim.
Let them cool little bit and slice them into about ½ inch slices with a bread knife (if you have one).
I garnished them with little bit of dried parsley. Try this delicious and fun tofu side dish someday. 🙂