Sesame sweet and sour tofu

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Tasty tofu. Good tofu is tasty. A tasty tofu dish.
I don’t like when people say “it’s a recipe for people that don’t like such ingredient”. If you don’t like tofu, there is no obligation to eat some. But,but… Let’s say this is a recipe that makes tofu taste and feel differently. It is marinated and prepared in a Chinese style sauce.

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It’s very firm momendoufu (cotton tofu). I’ve put a plate on the block during 15 minutes to squeeze out excess water.
Cut, and mixed with a marinade (1 tbs soy sauce, a pinch of sugar, 2 tbs Chinese wine, 1/2 ts wuxi 5 spices mix) and let 1/2 hour.
Then I passed the cubes in a plate of potato starch and stir-fried till golden.

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For the sauce :
Heat 1 tbs of sugar (here kurozato black cane sugar), when it’s getting into caramel.
On lower heat, add in water, paprika powder or paste, grated garlic, the rest of the plate of starch and the plate of marinade.
Stir till it takes texture. Add some black rice vinegar. Check salt, add chili pepper to taste, more water if you want.
Reheat the tofu in the sauce.

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Top with a little fragrant sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.
Yuummmmm….

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As a side a salad of lettuce, onion, parsley and umi-budo “sea grapes”.

DSC00119-003 umi-budo (more here)

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Served with genmai (brown rice).

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Extra-Big Chervil Congee (via Gourmande in Osaka)

Sad day. Food festival at the culinary school was canceled. We have no problems here, but many participants originate from the Tohoku region that was struck and worry for hometowns and families.

Last year :

Extra-Big Chervil Congee Brown rice longly cooked with kombu seaweed, dried bamboo shoots, chili pepper, garnished with shiitake mushrooms, Taiwanese preserved duck egg, sesame seeds, dark sesame oil, roast garlic slices, chervil. The rice gave 8 times its volume of porridge, but I ate it all. The kombu became very soft and melty in the mouth. Cal 522.5 F16.8g C91.2g P21.8g FR : Riz brun longuement cuit avec de l'algue kombu, des pousses de bambou sechees et du piment. I … Read More

via Gourmande in Osaka