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Recipes from the Worshipblues Kitchen : Puffy Tofu


Hiro and I like to cook together. It happens very rarely these days, so it is all the more enjoyable for me.



Agedashi-dofu is one of my favourite tofu dishes. It is basically deep fried tofu that turns out puffy and light and steeped in a tasty broth. The tofu can be topped with a variety of different toppings and is so delicious to tuck into during any season.



INGREDIENTS:

1 block of silken tofu (kinugoshi-dofu)
Potato starch or cornstarch if it is easier to find
3 Spring onion stalks finely chopped
Black sesame seeds
A little grated ginger
Shichimi (Japanese 7 spice chili)
Vegetabale oil for deep frying

FOR THE BROTH:
Mix together the following and set aside:
1/2 cup Dashi stock
1 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon mirin




METHOD:

Wrap the tofu in a thick kitchen cloth an place on a plate in the fridge for 20 minutes to allow the tofu to drain slightly.

Cut tofu block into 8 portions

Dust the tofu with potato/cornstarch - ensure that you cover each side of the pieces.

Heat the oil in a pan until hot.

Deep fry the tofu until the pieces start to turn a little golden and the surface goes crispy.

Remove and drain on a wire rack.

Arrange the tofu into a shallow bowl and add the ginger, spring onion, sesame and shichimi on top.

Finish by pouring the sauce around the sides.

It is always nicer to use the freshest tofu that you can find. If you are in east London then head down to The Grocery on Kingsland Road and grab some of their fresh stuff!

I like to play with my toppings! It's nice to try different things. Try using grated mooli (daikon) and even some dried bonito flakes (katsuobushi.

Do let me know if you try this. I would love to know how it turns out!

11 comments:

  1. one of my favourite snacks, ever! thanks for the sexy pics!

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  2. That looks SO good! I love tofu! :) <3

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  3. i luuurve all kinds of tofu! erm, except the stinky one LOL

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  4. You can buy tofu already deep fried I think! I used to cut it up and just eat it on its own with red vinegar. I hate that the other half's family are snobbish carnivores who'd gag at the mention of tofu. BLAH.

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  5. That looks amazing! I'm going to give it a try this coming weekend. Thanks for sharing your great recipe!

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  6. Yummy! I'm going to try to make this :D

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  7. this looks so good! I just bought silken tofu the other day! Now I know what I'm going to do with it. Thanks for the recipe! x

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  8. Yummy dinner again at the House of Blues. Xxxx

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  9. Looks yummy.... Agedashi tofu is one of my favorite dishes too! I like the crispy fried tofu....mmmmm Thank you for sharing!

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  10. That looks delicious! I'll have to try this sometime soon! & aw, cooking together is so much fun. =)

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  11. Oishiso! I didn't realise you could make it at home as I always assumed it would be hard to make the tofu crispy. Must give it a try!

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