Spicy Tofu Pasta Salad

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Author Notes: Spicy cold noodles and a beer are perfect for a hot summer night. The fresh noodles are made with gochujang, and can be shaped as spaghetti, fettuccini, penne, or corkscrews. The tofu is marinated before it is sliced and pan-fried. Dress the pasta with a spoonful of the sesame-soy marinade, and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Share and enjoy!aspoonfulofspice


Serves 4

Gochujang Pasta

  • 1 tablespoon Gochujang
  • 3 teaspoons Sesame oil
  • 1.75 cups All purpose flour
  • 5 Egg yolks
  • 1 Egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  1. Separate the yolks from the egg whites. Add sesame oil to the egg yolks, and whisk together.
  2. Measure out the flour into the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attached (or mix by hand on a silpat). Create a well in the center of the flour and pour in the egg mixture. Mix on medium speed until a dough forms.
  3. Water can be added 1 tbsp at a time during the kneading to ensure that just enough liquid is added to form a malleable dough, but not so much that it becomes sticky.
  4. Once the dough comes together on the hook, transfer the dough to a floured silpat. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it can spring back into place.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 min. or up to 2 days.
  6. Unwrap the refrigerated dough onto a floured silpat. Lightly coat the dough with flour. Using a bench cutter, separate the dough into four squares.
  7. Roll out each square of dough to about 5 mm., and cut into the desired shape.
  8. Boil pasta for 2 min., or until the noodles begin to float. Strain the noodles and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
  9. Add a small amount of sesame oil and a spoonful of the marinade (see below) to coat the noodles.

Marinated Tofu

  • 794 grams Firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Rice wine vinegar
  • 5 pieces Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Red pepper
  • 4 Green onions
  • 1 handful White sesame seeds
  • 2 pieces Garlic
  1. Peel and grate the fresh ginger; chop the green onions; and mince the garlic.
  2. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, rice wine vinegar, ginger, red pepper, green onions, and garlic.
  3. Marinate both sides of the tofu blocks for 5 min.
  4. Lightly coat a pan with sesame oil, and saute each side of the tofu blocks for 2 minutes. Then, slice the tofu into cubes.
  5. Thinly slice green onions lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces.
  6. Combine the pasta and tofu, and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

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