Silken Tofu Stew

This complex, spicy Korean stew from Sohui Kim of The Good Fork in Brooklyn gets a luscious, creamy texture from silken tofu and the runny yolks of poached eggs. Do not feel limited by the seafood: Use whatever is fresh and looks best, like clams, lump crabmeat or even cubes of firm white fish. Slideshow: More Tofu Recipes 

Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins



  • 1/2 cup dried anchovies (1 ounce), heads and guts removed 

  • 10 dried shiitake mushrooms (1 ounce)

  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed

  • Two 4-inch squares of kombu

  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced


  • 2 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushroom caps

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 3 scallions, white, light green and dark green parts thinly sliced separately 

  • 1/2 cup chopped kimchi, plus more for serving

  • 2 tablespoons gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce

  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined

  • 1/2 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded

  • 4 ounces cleaned calamari, tentacles left whole and bodies cut crosswise into 1/4-inch rings

  • 1 pound silken tofu, broken into chunks

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup watercress leaves and tender stems


  1. Make the dashi In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients with 10 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until reduced to 4 cups, about 30 minutes. Strain the dashi through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl; discard the solids and wipe out the saucepan.

  2. Make the stew In the saucepan, heat the oil. Add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, the sliced white and light green scallions and the 1/2 cup of kimchi and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the dashi, gochugaru, soy sauce and fish sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the shrimp and mussels, cover and cook over low heat until the mussels open, about 2 minutes. Discard any mussels that don’t open. Stir in the calamari and tofu. Carefully crack the eggs into the stew. Cover and cook until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Ladle the tofu stew into bowls and garnish with the watercress and sliced scallion greens. Serve with kimchi.

Make Ahead

The dashi can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Suggested Pairing

Lime-scented, off-dry Riesling: 2014 Leitz Dragonstone Rheingau.

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