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Tofu Hot Pot

Posted by Peggy on February 22, 2011

Tofu Hot Pot
Recipe: Tofu Hot Pot


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, minced (3 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, cut into matchstick, julienned slices
  • 8 cups chicken, vegetable, or beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons-1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 cups kimchi*, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds bok choy washed, cored and, separating stem end from leaves, slice into long, 3/4-inch-thick strips
  • 7 ounces shiitake mushrooms, woody stems removed and sliced (4 cups)
  • 1 1/2- 2 pouds extra firm tofu, sliced into 1 1/2-inch x 14-inch sliced pieces
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 6 ounces uncooked soba noodles (buckwheat noodles)


  1. In a large pot or wok, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add shallot and ginger and cook 3-4 minutes or until just tender and fragrant.
  2. Put the stock, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 cup kimchi and bok choy stem ends into the pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow the broth to simmer for 10 minutes or until bok choy stems are just tender. Add mushrooms, boy choy greens, and tofu and additional soy sauce and kimchi to taste, if desired, and simmer an additional 5-10 minutes or until mushroom are tender. Stir in chopped cilantro, if using.
  3. Meanwhile, while soup is simmering, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook soba noodles according to package instructions.
  4. Add the noodles to the soup before serving; or divide the noodles between six bowls, pour steaming soup over noodles and serve.

*Select hot or mild kimchi, according to your palate. I usually select mild kimchi and let individuals add chili paste or red pepper flakes according to individual taste.

Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 12 cups

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