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Tofu - And - Sesame - Seed Dressing With Vegetables
(Shira - Ae)
What You Need:
  • 2 pieces canned konnyaku (gelatinous root vegetable), drained and shredded
  • 1 loaf fresh, canned or instant tofu (soybean curd)
  • 1 small (3- to 4-inch) carrot, scraped and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup niban dashi
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • MSG
  • ¼ teaspoon all-purpose soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white sesame seeds

  • How To Cook:
    PREPARE AHEAD:
    1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan and drop in the shredded konnyaku. Return to the boil, then drain immediately and cool to room temperature.

    2. Bring another cup of water to a boil and drop in the loaf of tofu. Simmer uncovered over moderate heat for 5 minutes, drain, and cool to room temperature.

    3. Then wrap the tofu in a kitchen towel or napkin and squeeze it gently to rid it of its moisture. With the back of a wooden spoon, rub it through a sieve set over a bowl.

    4. In another bowl, soak the shredded carrots in ¼ cup of cold water and ½ teaspoon of salt for about 30 minutes. Drain, squeeze dry, and set aside.

    5. In a small saucepan heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over high heat until a light haze forms above it. Stir in the konnyaku, dashi, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, a few sprinkles of MSG and 1/8 teaspoon of soy sauce, and bring to a boil. Boil uncovered until the liquid has reduced to about half. Cool to room temperature.

    6. Heat a small frying pan over high heat until a drop of water flicked across its surface evaporates instantly. Add the sesame seeds and, shaking the pan almost constantly, warm them until they are a pale gold and their aroma is released.

    7. Grind to a paste in a suribachi (serrated mixing bowl) or, more easily, pulverize them at high speed in an electric blender with 1/8 teaspoon of soy sauce. Transfer the sesame-seed paste to a mixing bowl and stir in the reserved tofu.

    TO ASSEMBLE AND SERVE:
    1. Drain the konnyaku and its sauce through a sieve set over a small bowl. Stir 2 tablespoons of the sauce into the sesame seed paste.

    2. Then stir in 1 tablespoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, a few sprinkles of MSG, the drained konnyaku, and the reserved grated carrot.

    3. Serve as a first course or part of a Japanese meal.

    To Serve: 6
    This recipe is also available in:
    Cuisine » Asia » Japan
    Main Ingredient » Tofu
    Main Ingredient » Herbs & Spices » Sesame & Tahini
    Dish » Sauces & Condiments

     





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