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February 11, 2011: Grilled Tofu w/ Veggies

February 11, 2011

Here’s another wonderful, healthy Japanese dish. Admittedly, this one takes a tiny bit longer to prepare, but it’s worth every step, particularly if you a fan of tofu or looking to cook that really special meal that one will appreciate. I promise, this one will appeal to a tofu fan.

First you have to make my sauce. I pictured a dark, tangy, slightly sweet and a little hot, sauce for this dish. I haven’t come up with a good name for it yet (Readers? Any suggestions?) For lack of a better title:

Steve’s Tangy Sauce:

In a small saucepan add 1/4C. shoyu (soy sauce) with 1 Tblsp. Brown Sugar and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk in 1/2 Tblsp. Potato Starch, 1 Tsp. Ground Red Pepper and 1 Tblsp. of Dashi OR Shiitake Broth and cool slightly. Whisk in rice vinegar, just before serving, to get a pourable sauce.

Ingredients for Tofu:

  • 1/2 block Firm Tofu
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Tblsp.(+ a sprinkle) of Potato Starch
  • 1 Tsp. each of  Shoyu (soy sauce) and Mirin
  • Matchsticked Veggie of your choice (I used carrots, red peppers, fresh shiitake mushrooms, kale, and scallion)

The first part is to half a block of tofu and get all the moisture out. [This is very important, as you will add this to a hot oiled pan to grill. Tofu remains very wet after you take it from packaging. You need to remove as much the H2O as much as possible so you won’t have splattering and a potential fire!] I did this by putting the tofu on a plate, in the sink, and adding a weight (mine was a flat plastic container filled w/H2O.) I wedged a small piece of wood under the plate so that the water would drain. After this I layed the tofu between double sheets of paper towels with the weight on top, layed flat, a couple of times.

Matchstick veggies. In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and 1 Tblsp. Potato Starch, 1 Tsp. each of shoyu and mirin. Add veggies to this.

Heavily oil (I used corn oil) a grill pan [one that can be placed in the oven] and heat to medium high heat. At this point, turn you broiler on to start heating. When the pan is hot, add the tofu. Grill and turn. Turn off heat. Sprinkle a little bit of corn starch on the top of the tofu. Dredge veggies in egg white mixture and top tofu. Grill under broiler until veggies are toasty. Top with sauce and furiake. Mmmmmm!

Alternative topping: Toasted, crumbled nori.

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