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Tofu Veggie Bibimbap

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Serves 2


Prep Time

20 minutes


Cook Time

28 minutes


Total Time

1 hour 18 minutes

kikkoman products used:


For the pickled daikon (make ahead, if possible)
3½ ounces daikon or red radishes, thinly chopped or shredded
⅓ cup water
¼ cup Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

For the chili dressing
1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Kikkoman® Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons chili paste
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 garlic clove, finely minced

For the tofu bowls
7 ounces firm tofu, pressed to drain liquid
4 teaspoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste
2 teaspoons + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
3½ ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
3½ ounces fresh spinach
1 cup rice, cooked
1 carrot, shredded
¼ cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1 spring onion, finely sliced
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, for garnish


For the pickled daikon

  1. Place sliced or shredded daikon in a small bowl.
  2. Gently boil water, rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a sauce pan for a few minutes, then pour the mixture over the daikon in the bowl. The pickled daikon can be used right away, or made ahead and stored in the fridge.

For the chili dressing

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste, maple syrup and garlic in a bowl.

For the tofu bowls

  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. Cut the pressed tofu into bite-size cubes, about 10-12 pieces.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk soy sauce with chili paste, then add tofu cubes and toss to coat. Set aside for 30 minutes or longer.
  4. In a non-stick pan on high heat, add 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Once oil is hot, add the tofu cubes and turn regularly until golden on all sides, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the tofu from the pan, then add the other 2 teaspoons of oil. Fry the sliced mushrooms until brown and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Season the fried mushroom slices with salt and pepper.
  6. Set the fried mushrooms aside and lower the heat before adding the spinach to the pan. Add a teaspoon of water and stir over low heat for a few minutes until spinach is wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. To assemble the bowls, divide the cooked rice into two, then add the mushrooms, spinach, pickled daikon, edamame, shredded carrot, spring onion and fried tofu. Drizzle with chili dressing and finish with sesame seeds.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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