Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vegan Age Dashi Tofu


Age Dashi tofu is a common Japanese appetizer of fried tofu in a bonito fish broth (dashi).  Although vegans and vegetarians should not eat dashi, it is possible to replicate an oceanic flavour without fish by using sea vegetables such as nori and wakame. 
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1 cup corn starch or rice flour, for breading 
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast 

Sauce 
  • 1 sheet nori
  • ¼ cup dried wakame 
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • -oil for frying

Soak wakame in cold water for at least half an hour, so that it rehydrates.  Remove from water and chop into small pieces. 
Sauce:
In a small bowl mix together, chopped wakame, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, pepper, garlic, ginger and 1 sheet of crushed nori.   Stir and set aside. 
In a mixing bowl, combine corn starch and nutritional yeast. 
Cut the tofu into small cubes, or finger sized pieces, and coat with flour/yeast mixture.  
Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan, and cook each side of the tofu until golden brown.  Remove from heat and place the tofu on paper towels to absorb extra oil. 
Serve over bean spouts, rice, or have it just plain, by stacking the tofu, and drizzling the sauce over top.  


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