Tofu Buchim (Simple Korean Fried Tofu)

In a highly scientific survey conducted by this blog on foreigners checking out of Korea, I asked what people would most miss about the ROK. Obvious answers like cheap transportation, liberal drinking laws, and the ability to easily save half a paycheque were abound, but the answer people are most certain, and certainly passionate about? The food. The set of sides accompanying each meal, spilling off the edge of the table. The incredibly cheap prices, where cooking Korean at home usually saves a negligible amount. The spiciness, the sauces, the DIY meals—we’re all really gonna miss this cuisine.  And since we’ve now entered our last month in Korea (cue a wave of mixed emotions), I want to squeeze in as much gochujang, red pepper powder, kimchi, and kimbap as possible into my next month—including the meals I prepare for myself.

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After my article for Colorful Daegu on Kimchi Jeon, they’ve requested I put my kitchen to work again. This time I made a simple fried tofu dish, mostly as a host for a spicy, savory, salty sauce—one that I’ll be stocking regularly in my fridge from now on. While I’m not a huge fan of tofu as a main protein source (nobody likes OD-ing on estrogen), I do believe in moderation. Where beans and lentils are not actually plentiful here in Korea, tofu—so long as it’s organic and not jam-packed with GMOs—can make a nice occasional vegetarian protein source, a pretty side dish with a kick, or as I used it, a salad booster for my lunch.

Head on over to Colorful Daegu for my post on Tofu Buchim!

 

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(….it just might read like one, ’cause it’s that friggin’ good)

Panorama at Sugarloaf Mountain, Sedona

It was a weekend retreat to stunning Sedona, Arizona—noted by some as the States’ most beautiful natural spot. And natural not just because of the beauty red rocks, but also the naturopaths, healers, psychics, mid-life-crisis advisors… and as we discovered, eateries.

Though we nearly ran out of fuel and schlepped into a burger joint, a little sign caught our eye for ChocolaTree‘s Live Organic Vegetarian Eatery—a little piece of heaven saved for our hungry souls.

For the first time in weeks, a menu to be ordered from without discrimination…  a vegan’s dream! Everything 100% organic, most made on-site, no substitutions necessary, no asking the server “Sorry to be difficult, but can you take out the cheese and meat and eggs and everything delicious but please please don’t serve me another salad?!” Not only were we treated to some damn delicious, wholesome food, but we also uncovered a hippie mecca—a garden in the back with prime seating circled round an old tree, hula hoops for post-lunch digestion, a screen to project documentaries. Inside, organic seeds, unique local crafts, kale chips galore, and the best—shelves and shelves full of unique raw, vegan, GOURMET chocolates, truffles, and bars. Did we stumble across this, or did the spoken-of energy of Sedona really just attract us directly to our match?!

We left with full, happy bellies a large cardboard box full of goodies… Coconut Cream Pie (raw, vegan, gluten-free), Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free, vegan), Chia Seeds, Greens, Chia Seed Crackers (raw, vegan, gluten-free), “Parmesan Cheese” (vegan, gluten-free), a few lattes for the roads, and of course, a tribute to ChocolaTree’s roots—some delicious little chocolate squares. We’ll be back, Sedona, but in the meantime… do you ship to Canada?!

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Garden Sanctuary

 

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Fiesta Feast - Spring Greens topped with Picco de Gallo, Fresh Guacamole, Quinoa, Vegan Cheese Crumble, Black Beans, and Sundried Tomato Wrap.

 

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Viva Burrito - Homemade Sundried Tomato Wrap filled with fresh tomatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, shredded cabbage, creamy vegan cheese, pico de gallo, and fresh guacamole. All raw, all vegan.

 

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Olive Oil and Vinegar, not as dangerous as it may appear.

 

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just some of the selection of raw, vegan chocolates. with fillings like spirulina! maca! greens and mint! awesomeness!

 

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14-mushroom blend chocolates—not for the faint of tongue.

 

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Warrior Bars sweetened with honey—dark vegan choclate, gogi berries, maca, pecans, and L.O.V.E.