I often find Tofu around the world, but unfortunately, people often say “Tofu is not tasty” or “I don’t know how to eat it.” or so.
In particular, the ones sold overseas are packing sausages or milk cartons for keeping long time. Moreover, they are made in China. There are never such a “what looks like tofu” in Japan.
Here is recipes for tofu that is tasty despite what is made in China.
- Tofu recipe
- Okara recipe
- Aburaage recipe
The real Japanese tofu is tasty without seasoning even.
we often eat tofu with chopped leeks ,grated ginger and soy sauce or salt.
“Hiya” means cold.
We usually use kinugoshidofu, zarudofu, or atsuage.
A samurai servant was called “Yakko”.
their jacket had a square crest on it. So, the square shape came to be called a yakko.
“Yu” means hot water. “Dofu” means Tofu. This recipe is just putting small kombu into pot and simmering momendofu. We eat with ponzu.
It is a dish of tofu, veges or konnyaku skewered, dipped in miso and grilled.
It is named after “Dengakumai”.
In this dance, dancers wear white Kimono skirt and jump on a single stick. The name “Dengaku” comes from the resemblance between this costume and the shape of a tofu skewer.
We usually use momendofu.
Add tofu to soups, Sukiyaki or the other pot cooking. We usually use hard type tofu like momendofu, or Yakidofu.
I will introduce Japanese pot dishes later.
Tofu Hamburger Steak
Add it to salads or eat Caprese use a kinugoshidofu instead of mozzarella cheese.
“Zuke” means marinated. It is dipped momendofu into miso paste. Tofu will be like a cream cheese texture!
we eat it as a snack for sake.
“Iri-dofu” means scrambled memendofu.
It is boiled with mixed mashed tofu, chopped carrots, hijiki and mushrooms in a broth of dashi and soy sauce.
FYI: Shiro gohan.com
Okara is the tofu pulp. Okara cannot be eaten raw.
“Unohana” means flower of the Utsugi. This is Deutzia do you know? It is found in Mexico, the Himalayas and East Asia.
We often use okara instead of flour. This okara doughnuts is the outside is crispy like original one but the inside is more moist and juicy!
“Abura age” means deep‐fried tofu. We often add fried tofu in miso soup or simmered. There is not “Inari age” food in Japan.
You can make it easily! Here
Can you seem this shape is a drawstring pouch like a Santa Claus carries? In Japan, this bag is called “Kinchaku”
Koya-tofu is freeze-dried tofu. Japanese say “Kouyadoufu” exactly. We soak it in water before using. Japanese vegetarians often use this Koya-Tofu as a substitute for meat.
These recipes are authentic and simple home cooking recipes by Japanese professionals. (You can translate into your country language by Google Translate)
In addition, I introduced the recipes only use ingredients that you can get them in your country.
I hope you will enjoy these recipes at home!