You want something tasty? Then this is something for you. Spicy Korean Squid and Fried Tofu Stir Fry is a simple Korean inspired stir fry prepared with tofu and squid cooked in gochujang and sesame oil.
When it comes to quick and easy dinners squid is one of my go to dishes, not that they cook really fast, they are delicious too, our dish for today is one good example of that. Made with fresh squid that I scored by myself (this took longer than the cooking time) but not necessary if you are in a hurry. It may look like it done for presentation purposes but they do help in keeping or absorbing more flavours as the scores on the squid grabs a lot of that sauce more effectively compared to the ones without. Tofu also adds an interesting texture, it also absorbs a lot of flavour like a sponge, so every piece will have an explosion of sauce flavours inside. In terms of the sauce, it is a simple mixture of soy sauce, gochujang, sugar and sesame oil giving it a nice sweet, savoury and spicy taste that brings this whole dish together, and like any typical Asian meal, best enjoyed with rice to dilute all of that flavours this dish had to offer.
Prepare your tofu. In a bowl place cornstarch, dip each tofu cubes into the cornstarch making sure it is coated on all sides. Deep fry coated tofu until golden brown in colour, remove from fryer then set it aside.
In a pan heat oil then sauté garlic and shallots.
Add the squid and stir fry for 30 seconds in high heat.
In a bowl combine all sauce ingredients then add it to the pan with squid, continue to stir fry until sauce is thickened and squid is cooked.
Add the tofu and spring onions, stir fry for 30 more seconds or until everything is coated well with the sauce.
Turn off heat then serve immediately with steamed rice.