Pickled Tofu Carpaccio, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw

Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw

Pickled Tofu Carpaccio, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw

By his own admission, he’s not a tofu guy. But my brother Don is definitely a foodie. Never met a foie gras he didn’t like. Tofu does not elicit even a glimmer of interest or enthusiasm. He trusts his sister though, so when she offers him a vibrant pickled tofu carpaccio – he definitely gives it a try.

Not to my surprise, it receives a big thumbs up. With the combination of exotic spices, sweet and hot juxtaposed to crunchy and soft elements, he advises to try all the flavors in one bite – calling it both a science experiment and a volcanic eruption.

Pickled Tofu Carpaccio, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw Recipe

Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian SlawPickled Tofu

  • 1 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 t. pickling spice blend (cinnamon, allspice, mustard seed, coriander, bay, ginger, chili, clove, black pepper, mace, cardamom)

Combine ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain. Bring pickling syrup to room temperature.

  • 3/4 c. beet juice
  • 1 block extra firm tofu

Add beet juice to pickling syrup. Slice tofu into thin rectangles. Submerge tofu in the pickling syrup and refrigerate for one hour.

Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian SlawBeet Syrup

Remove tofu from the liquid and set aside. In a small sauce pan, reduce the pickling liquid to a syrup consistency. Then let cool to room temperature.

Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian SlawAsian Slaw

  • napa cabbage, sliced into ribbons
  • purple cabbage, sliced into ribbons
  • carrots, sliced into ribbons
  • scallions, sliced
  • cilantro leaves


  • 1/4 c. sesame oil
  • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 t. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients for the dressing then toss with the slaw mixture.

Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian SlawAssembly

Fan out 5 slices of pickled tofu on a plate. Mound the Asian slaw on one side of the tofu. Garnish tofu with thinly sliced serrano chiles, cilantro leaves, and black sesame seeds.

Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw
Drizzle beet syrup over the tofu and around the plate.
Pickled Tofu, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw

Volcanic. Eruption.

8 thoughts on “Pickled Tofu Carpaccio, Beet Syrup, Asian Slaw”

  1. Fascinating! Have marinated and dryrubbed etc tofu forever but have never pickled it thus! Looks fabulous – am certain will taste good . . . shall most assuredly try!! And you have certainly made it look fabulous!!

  2. It’s an art, not a food. ^^ I’ve never seen a colored tofu before. The color is so beautiful.
    I will definitely try this someday. I adore your creativity.
    By the way, last Sunday was my first blog anniversary. ^^ I would like to thank you for inspiring me all the time and I hope that our bloggership will last long. I posted ‘Ssuk Beomuri tteok’ to celebrate the anniversary with my mom. I’m not sure whether you know the food, but I believe you will like it. Please visit mine when you have time.

    1. Congratulations Jessie!
      Thank you for your kind words, and I too, am inspired by your dishes.
      I will definitely stop by and celebrate with you and your mom.

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