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.

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Squid Game inspired lunchbox


  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

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.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 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
  • 1/2 tbsp gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste)
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions

Instructions

To make the sweet black beans

  1. Drain and rinse 1 can of black beans. On a pan on medium high heat, add in the beans and a splash of water.
  2. 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.
  3. Add more corn syrup if you want it sweeter. Then transfer to a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

To make the Korean gochujang tofu

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Add the tofu back into the pan. Mix to coat the tofu with the sauce.
  4. Transfer the tofu on a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

To make the Korean dosirak (lunch box):

  1. In a lunchbox, add the rice, tofu and black beans.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix the box or eat as it is. Enjoy!

Notes

Other toppings you can add: stir-fried bean sprouts, mushrooms, zucchini and many more. The possibilities are endless!

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Korean

Keywords: 20-minute meal, easy to make, lunch idea, squid game, tofu, vegan

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