This simple Korean dish is one of my favorite ways to eat tofu.

Tubu Choerim (Fried spiced tofu)


12 pcs. firm tofu, sliced into 1 inch rectangles
3 tbs. soy sauce mixed with an equal volume water
2 tsp. Korean chili flakes (or more to taste)
½ tbs toasted sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped into a paste
1 tsp. sugar
5 to 8 scallions, cut into 2-inch segments
1 tbs toasted sesame seeds

  • Lay the sliced tofu out on paper towels and lightly sprinkle with very small amount of salt. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes. This will draw out some of the excess water. Blot the slices with a paper towel before frying.
  • Make the sauce by combining the soy, chili flakes, sesame oil, garlic and sugar in a small bowl.
  • In a hot frying non-stick pan fry the tofu slices in about 2 tbs oil for about 3 minutes on each side. The goal is not to get a crispy crust, just cook the tofu so it’s not raw. 
  • Add the scallions and fry for another minute. 
  • Add the sauce and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. 
  • Simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, flipping the tofu slices at least once during the process. If you like it a bit saucy, don’t let the liquid evaporate all the way down. Throw in the sesame seeds and remove the tofu to a serving platter. Ladle the sauce over. Serve warm or at room temp.
This makes a wonderful side dish in a multicourse meal, but it’s just as filling when eaten alone with steamed short-grain rice and a few fresh cucumber slices (or tomato slices) or Korean pickles.

The tofu is first lightly fried then simmered in a soy sauce spiked with garlic, green onions, sesame and Korean chili flakes. It absorbs the sauce beautifully and has a texture a little like steamed eggs. Totally easy and tasty.

One important thing to note is the use of Korean chili flakes (gochugaru), which are different from the chili flakes we like on our pizza or in pasta dishes. The Korean version doesn't really have seeds so it doesn't pack the same heat. However there are spicy versions, which would be indicated on the packaging. I don't think the two taste a like, so substituting the regular red pepper flakes will not give the same result to the dish. I think it's worth it to take a trip to your local Korean or Japanese grocery to pick up a bag.

Good news peeps! You can now cook Yellow Cab's famous Charlie Chan at the comfort of your homes. 

Prepare the following Ingredients:

1 bottle java sauce (any brand)
Several loaves of minced 
4-5 pcs. red pepper (the small hot ones)
3-4 pcs. Shiitake mushroom (soak in water for 20 mins, de-stem, and cut into thin strips)
2-3 pcs. chicken strips (breast or thigh)
1 cup oyster sauce
1/2 cup roasted nuts
1 kilo spaghetti noodles

  • Cut the chicken breast or thigh into strips
  • marinate the chicken strips in oyster sauce for 10-15 minutes
  • Melt butter over low heat in a non-stick pan.
  • Add the minced garlic until it turns brown 
  • Add the chicken strips 
  • Add the mushroom strips.
  • Add the roasted nuts.
  • Pour 1 bottle java sauce.
  • Taste the sauce, if it already tastes good, then add in the noodles. If it doesn't taste good then add little amount of oyster sauce and salt.
Serve hot. Enjoy!

  • Add two to three drops of oil to your spaghetti noodles while boiling, so the dish will not be dry.  
  • You can buy java sauce at SM hypermarket. It cost about Php30+ per 150ml. bottle 
  • Java sauce ingredients are sugar, soy sauce, peanut and starch. It contains peanuts, that's why Charlie Chan pasta taste like its been cooked in peanut oil.
Baang Café: Yummy Carbonara
It was my first time to eat at Baang Café and I love their Carbonara. I also get to try their nachos. 

Unfortunately, the air-con on the second floor was so hot that I wanted to open the windows. The WiFi in Baang is though said to be free is undetected. The barista's are friendly and they won't hesitate to give you the password if you ask for it. I told the waiter that I can't connect on their wifi he said he'll reset it but it remained offline all throughout our stay. 

Their lemon tea is not that good for me. 

They close late. Until 3:00 AM on weekends and 4:00 AM on weekends.