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Tofu Katsu

7 Dec

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A few years ago I made Tonkatsu without ever having tasted it. A neighbor friend, who happened to conveniently stop by mostly at dinner time, was over the night I made it. He had traveled to Japan and told me it tasted just like the authentic dish he had when he was there. This, of course, made me feel great! Since then, I’ve been wanting to create a tofu version and have added some delicious fresh vegetables.

Time: 30 minutes                     Serves: 4

Ingredients


  • Tofu


  • 1 15 oz. block extra firm tofu (I use organic sprouted tofu from Trader Joe’s)
  • salt and black pepper
  • about 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (I use a Ian’s gluten free from Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 egg plus 2 tbsp water
  • rice bran oil for frying

 

  • Katsu Sauce


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder

How to make it


  • Tofu


  • Drain tofu from liquid. Wrap in paper towel and then a dish towel. Place on a cutting board or flat dish. Place something on top that is light enough that it won’t break the tender tofu, just enough to press out some of the moisture.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour and cornstarch in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine beaten egg with water. Place panko crumbs into a third bowl.
  • Heat oil in a small-medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Test if oil is heated by throwing some panko crumbs in. If it sizzles, it’s ready.
  • Take pressed tofu and cut in half and then into four slices, then cut on diagonal to make triangles or down the middle for rectangular pieces.
  • Season tofu with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge in flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, and then into the panko.
  • Add the breaded tofu into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan, as overcrowding will drop down the temperature. Cook about 2-3 pieces at a time until golden brown, about 4-6 minutes. Place on paper towel lined plate. Season with salt while hot.

 

  • Rice and Vegetables


  • Soak and rinse sticky rice and cook according to package instructions or in your rice cooker.
  • Slice radishes (any variety would work), cube seedless cucumbers. Shred napa/savoy/or regular green cabbage. Prepare cherry tomatoes and Asian microgreens (Mizuna, broccoli sprouts, etc). Cut fried tofu into slices.
  • To serve, place a scoop of sticky rice on plate. Place a bed of cabbage beside the rice. Arrange tofu over it. Drizzle sauce over top. Add fresh vegetables and enjoy! This dish also goes nicely with pickled vegetables, recipe coming soon.
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ねぎ巻き Negimaki – Japanese Beef Rolls with Pea Shoots

18 Mar

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This is a dish I’ve been wanting to make for some time now. I found a wonderful Asian market called Matsuwa here in LA and finally got on the ball!

Time: 15 minutes             Serves: 6

Ingredients

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  • Negimaki


  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef- shabu-shabu (I used Prime Chuck Roll)
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus, trimmed & halved
  • 6 scallions, trimmed & halved
  • 100 grams enoki mushrooms, trimmed
  • olive oil & toasted sesame oil, for cooking

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  • Shabu-Shabu Sauce


  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet sake
  • Pea Shoots


  • 4 bunches of snow pea shoots
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • splash tamari
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

How to make it


  • Negimaki


  • Combine shabu-shabu sauce ingredients and whisk to incorporate. Handle meat with care as the pieces are sliced thin and are delicate. Place into sauce and let marinate for 5 minutes.
  • Divide into 6 equal parts, then lay pieces out stacked horizontally so they slightly overlap.
  • Place enoki mushrooms, asparagus, and scallions onto the left side of each stack of beef. Then carefully roll meat over veggies gently but tightly. Place seem side down.
  • Heat olive oils in a skillet over medium high. Place negimaki seam side down into pan. Cook one minute on each side, browning all around.
  • Remove from pan and allow to rest before cutting in half

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  • Pea Shoots


  • Heat oils in a skillet over medium high. Add pea shoots and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn down to medium low, add tamari and red pepper flakes, and saute an addition 2-3 minutes until wilted down and bright green.