recette du jour: Teriyaki Tofu

It's been over a year since I've done a recette du jour.  I haven't had much time to actually go ahead and document all the dishes I've been eating for the past year because I guess I was always in a rush to cook  & devour them.

Here's a simple dish I randomly put together that can easily replace your main dish.  Enjoy!

Serving size: One (lonely-chan)

Ingredients needed:
  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • Starch for light coating
  • 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons of Mirin
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking sake
  • Mayonaise (Japanese preferred)
  • Green onions for garnishing

Drain the liquid contents out of the tofu box and gently wrap the tofu block with a paper towel.

Place block on a plate while weighing it down with another plate with something significantly heavy (but not too heavy as it will squash the poor tofu) on top.  This helps to drain out the water from the tofu so the oil doesn't splatter on your face when you cook the tofu. 

While you're waiting, mix the sauce (shoyu, mirin, sake, sugar) and cup up a handful worth of green onions. 

When the tofu is done draining itself out, chop it up into small bite-size pieces and coat lightly with corn starch. This will save your tofu from falling apart while cooking. 

Oil ze pan and when pan is heated transfer all the tofu in ze pan. Cook ze tofu until lightly brown.  

Then pour in the mix and cook until the sauce begins to thicken and bubble.  It's best to switch the stove to simmer so the tofu can intake the sauce more.  I don't think that was the best explanation but you get what I mean.

Transfer everything onto a fancy plate and draw fancy lines on top with the mayonnaise and then add some pizzaz to your plate with a fancy helping of fancy green onions fancily dashed in the middle.

And there you go.

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