Agedashi Tofu

A bowl of Agedashi Tofu - Japanese vegetarian tofu dish

Japanese food holds so many great vegetarian options & Agedashi Tofu might be an Olympic gold medal (yeah I know, not the right timing). How this was even invented is beyond me… two blocks of dusty tofu deep fried resting in a sweet dashi broth balanced so well… it’s easy to make & a bit elegant this one.

Agedashi Tofu

Dusty blocks of tofu in a sweet dashi broth... the vegetarians comfort food
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: agedashi tofu, japanese tofu
Servings: 2 vegetarian lovers
Author: Kitchen Crew

Ingredients

Tofu

  • 280 grams semi-hard firm tofu cut into 4 pieces
  • 180°c Vegetable oil heated to
  • 1/2 cup potato starch or enough to coat tofu

Delicious sweet broth

  • 40 ml mirin sweeter than sake & less alcohol
  • 40 ml light soy sauce Japanese light soy
  • 1 tsp Katsuo dashi stock powder no MSG
  • 200 ml water

Toppings

  • grated ginger
  • grated white radish
  • spring onion finely chopped

Instructions

Stock

  • take all the ingredients & throw them into a pot & bring to a simmer
  • FYI the control knob on your stove has more settings than full on & zero, feel around a little

Tofu

  • Pat dry the tofu & cut in half, then half again, then half again so they're cubes
  • dust the cubes in potato starch - please don't use corn starch it's just not as good
  • put them aside until the vegetable oil is at the right temp for frying 180°c
  • lower the blocks into the well of fire & fry them for around 4 minutes
  • kick them around while they're frying to give them a good going over
  • lift them out of the oil like you're saving kittens from a well & lay them on some paper towel

Notes

If all vegetarian dishes are this good... then I'll be a full-time vego, except for sashimi.. oh and steak, but otherwise I'll be full vego. These dusty dice will play their way into anyones heart that takes a gamble. Japanese people love pointing to food & making non-factual statements like "that's very healthy so you should eat it", and then I argue, "but... it's deep fried" and they pretend they don't hear you or understand English... ah good times.

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