With micro-kitchens and a culture of soups, stews, and bbq, most Korean kitchens lack a staple of their western counterparts: the oven. A few months back, I posted a Christmas “Baking” Wish List, complete with a variety of mouthwatering desserts that require no oven, and more importantly, are made up mostly of ingredients easily available in Korea.
I never got around to trying many of the recipes, and though I initially collected them to enjoy as Christmas treats, the cold, no-bake desserts are perfect to enjoy in the warm summer weather. So I’ve decided to post a no-bake recipe each month throughout the summer.
One very delicious recipe that I didn’t even think to add to the original wish list is a light and refreshing citrus tofu pudding. I actually came across the recipe on the show “Kimchi Chronicles,” a fantastic series that explore Korean food and the culture surrounding it. The episodes are divided into key ingredients in Korean food, like chicken, rice, seafood, and noodles. This particular recipe comes from the fifth episode, “The Bean Chronicles.”
I would highly recommend this 13 episode series for a taste of Korean food and culture. It also features Hugh Jackman and his wife in a few episodes, as they are neighbours of the husband and wife team that lead the show.
The best part of this recipe is how flexible it is. I’ve provided a list of ingredients and measurements, but these can easily be adjusted for taste. The nuts can be substituted with pretty much any nuts or seeds (peanuts, pinenuts, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc.). The lemon can be substituted with any other citrus fruit, like oranges or limes. Last, you can add some form of sweetener like honey or sugar, but I personally leave it out because I enjoy it just as much sugar free.
Citrusy Tofu Pudding
- 1/3 cup nuts (I used a mix of walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup extra soft tofu (sundubu)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp sweetener
- Chop nuts in food processor or blender. Add tofu, sweetener, and lemon and blend until smooth.
- Serve in a lemon, or bowl, topped with chopped nuts.
Serving inside the lemon is so cute!