Squid Game-inspired Dosirak (Korean lunch box)

The Netflix series Squid Game has been popular and inspired many food trends and funny memes (Dalgona candy). I decided to jump on the trend as well, by recreating a Korean-styled lunchbox and making it vegan of course. This combination was super yummy and easy to make, packed with flavors and nutrients.

Squid Game inspired lunchbox

Dosirak is a Korean-styled lunch box consisting of rice and banchan (side dishes). There are many toppings you can add, for this version I added sweet black beans, gochujang tofu, kimchi and seaweed.
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2


  • Rice
  • 1 can black beans
  • 200 g tofu
  • 1 nori sheet
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp plant syrup
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste)
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions


To make the sweet black beans

  • Drain and rinse 1 can of black beans. On a pan on medium high heat, add in the beans and a splash of water.
  • Add in 1 tbsp corn syrup (or other plant syrup), 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp soy sauce. Mix to combine and simmer on low heat until the sauce is thickened.
  • Add more corn syrup if you want it sweeter. Then transfer to a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

To make the Korean gochujang tofu

  • Pat dry the tofu and cut into bite sized pieces. Shallow pan fry the tofu with 1 tbsp oil until all sides are golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Combine the sauce in a separate bowl: 1 tbsp soy sauce, ½ tbsp gochujang, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp plant syrup. Pour the sauce into the pan (on low heat).
  • Add the tofu back into the pan. Mix to coat the tofu with the sauce.
  • Transfer the tofu on a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

To make the Korean dosirak (lunch box):

  • In a lunchbox, add the rice, tofu and black beans.
  • Cut a triangle shape inside the seaweed, then make a smaller triangle with the cut. Place it on the rice, then add the kimchi around the seaweed face.
  • Mix the box or eat as it is. Enjoy!


Other toppings you can add: stir-fried bean sprouts, mushrooms, zucchini and many more. The possibilities are endless!
Keyword 20-minute meal, easy to make, lunch idea, squid game, tofu, vegan

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