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Guest Blogger: Veggietorials – Kalbi Style Baked Tofu + Pajeon {Scallion Pancake}

12 Sep

Please welcome back the lovely Pacific Islander Kobi and her blog Veggietorials, which is full of beautiful and tasty recipes. I can’t get over how pretty her pictures are and how perfect the lighting is in her photos. You can see her previous contribution to VBU! here, it was a very pretty Cucumber Wakame salad. Do check out her out on all channels: Veggietorials, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube. Welcome back Cobi!

So this is how my crazy train of thought arrived at this recipe: I read an article about a photographer that was recreating death row prisoners “last meals”.Which then prompted me to think about what I would want as my final meal. And the no-brainer answer is Kalbi. My K-peeps understand that Kalbi (Korean BBQ) is a taste that’s hard to give up. For me, it’s more about the marinade and less about the meat. Heck, everything will taste better after a swim in this marinade. It’s the perfect balance of savory-salty-sweet. I used the Hey Shuga organic cane syrup and really liked the flavor. Sometimes I blend in some grated Korean pear, but a lot of times I don’t have it and the marinade tastes just as amazing without it.

  • Perfect for portobellas before you pan fry or throw them on the grill
  • Use a reduced sodium soy sauce for the Kalbi marinade and try it on seitan
  • Marinate tempeh overnight and pan fry

The baked tofu will have a deep flavor and chewy texture. I like to slice the baked tofu thin for banh mi style sandwiches. For salads and stir fries, I prefer the tofu cubed up. And for a quick dinner, I enjoy a Kalbi tofu “steak” with pajeon, kimchi, rice and a salad.

Pajeon (Scallion Pancake) is a savory side dish that looks fancy shmancy but is quite easy to make. I use scallions, green onions, chives or other seasonal veggies from my garden. Dip pajeon into kochoojang sauce for a little heat and a spicy kick. This Pajeon recipe was adapted from Maangchi, the internet demi god of Korean cooking. I was surprised that her original recipe was actually vegan♡. When I tried it without the Vegg and baking soda, my pancake was a globby mess even though I used a non-stick pan. The results were perfect once I added baking soda and The Vegg – Vegan Egg Yolk gave it the flavor of the pajeon my grandma used to make.

Kalbi Style Vegan Baked Tofu & Pajeon {Scallion Pancake}

by Veggietorials

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Keywords: bake fry entree side sandwich snack appetizer dairy free nut-free vegan vegetarian tofu Meatless Monday Korean

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Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Baked Tofu

  • 1 block firm or extra firm organic tofu,pressed
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons organic liquid cane sugar syrup or agave nectar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger,minced
  • 3 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • optional-half Korean pear, grated. When using the pear, place all marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

For the scallion pancake

  • 15 thin green onions, cut into 5 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon miso
  • 2 tablespoons The Vegg,pre mixed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


For the Tofu

Drain tofu.Remove excess water with a tofu press or wrap the block of tofu between two kitchen towels and place heavy books on top for about 20 minutes. Slice the tofu block in half so that each piece is about 1 inch thick. This process will allow the marinade to be easily absorbed.

Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Adjust seasoning and add black pepper to taste. Place the tofu in a rimmed dish and pour the marinade on top. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 2 hours, overnight is best.

Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tofu in the middle of the sheet and bake for one hour total. Flip the tofu over after 30 minutes to cook and brown evenly. Remove from oven and cool slightly before slicing.

For the scallion pancake

Mix together all the pancake ingredients (except the oil and green onions) to create the batter. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over high heat and place half of the scallions in even layer in the pan. Pour just enough batter over the scallions to cover them. Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes, until the edges start to form bubbles. Flip the pancake, reduce heat to medium high and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Repeat to make another pancake. Serve with kochoojang sauce if you like it spicy.

Please watch the video to master the technique.

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Guest Blogger: Veggietorials – Cucumber Wakame Salad

21 May

Please welcome a new guest bloggers, Cobi Kim, the author of Veggietorials. A little about Cobi in her own words, “I’m obsessed with all things plant-based, delicious and beautiful. I make videos about cooking, eating out and travel. When I grow up, I want to have wings.”

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Please welcome Cobi!

I love the simplicity of this refreshing seaweed salad. It’s a great source of Vitamin C, calcium, iodine and the perfect addition to a bento lunch. When it’s hot out, I can barely concentrate long enough to figure out what to eat, so the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. Boil the water to soak the seaweed in an electric kettle and enjoy your cool kitchen as you prepare the rest of the salad.

Adding more sea vegetables to my diet has improved the strength and condition of my finger nails which normally look pretty shabby due to my constant dish pan hands. And double bonus: I was able to grow out a tragically bad haircut pretty quick. No matter what anyone tries to tell you, Asian chicks do not look cute with a mullet.

Wakame can be purchased online or at a Japanese market.

Cucumber Wakame Salad

by Veggietorials

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (12 servings)

  • 2.5 oz bag of dried wakame
  • 6 baby cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced white onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • salt
  • sesame seeds

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons agave (or your sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 1 tsp hot sauce


Pour dried seaweed into a large bowl and cover with 6 cups of boiling water. Set aside until rehydrated. Slice cucumbers into 1/4 inch pieces, place into a medium sized bowl and sprinkle with salt. Massage the cucumbers with salt and set aside until they start to release liquid ( about 15 min.)

Mix rice vinegar,agave, miso and hot sauce in a small bowl. Drain and rinse the wakame seaweed. Squeeze out excess water and place seaweed in a large bowl. Squeeze liquid out of cucumbers and add to the bowl of wakame. Add onions, carrots and toss with dressing. Add salt to taste if necessary. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Store unused portion covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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