Chikaki’s Agedashi Tofu

I love and love agedashi tofu!. The part that I like the most is the texture of soft tofu. Tofu has no taste, but with the sauce, it gives nice flavor to it. So, to complete the Japanese dish I made the other night, I also made this tofu.

I got the recipe from a Japanese friend of mine. So, the recipe is authentic and tested in a Japanese kitchen! šŸ˜‰

Here are what you need:

1 package of soft (cotton or white) tofu
cornstarchĀ (or flour, or mochi flour (Mochiko))
oil to fry

SauceĀ :
Ā½ cup dashi or fish stock
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1Ā½ Tbs. mirin
1 tsp sugar

CondimentsĀ :
green onions, thinly sliced
Grated ginger
Grated daikon (white radish)
Bonito flakes (optional)

Place the tofu pieces on paper towels to drain. Cut the tofu into rectangular pieces about 1″ thick.

Sprinkle cornstarch on the tofu slices and coat them well, or you can also do this right before you put them in the oil to fry.

Heat the oil to 355Ā°F (180Ā°C) for deep frying.

Pat any excess cornstarch off the tofu slices and slide them into the hot oil.

Fry until golden, remove and drain on paper towels.

Mix sauce ingredients, heat in a pan until boiling. I added sugar because I like the sweetness it gives to the tofu.

Place fried tofu in a dish, pour the sauce. Add grated daikon, a bit of grated ginger, and sliced green onions on top. You can also add a few bonito flakes.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Karaage (Japanese Chicken Nuggets)

Who doesn’t like chicken nuggets? They are like the simplest meal but they feed you well. If you are bored with the same ol’ chicken nuggets you have been making, try this one and see how you like them!

I think Chicken Karaage is better. It has more flavor to it than regular chicken nuggets- well, different kind of flavor. My Japanese friend gave me this recipe, and I LOVE it!!! I think of Hawaii when I eat Chicken Karaage… it’s a favorite snack that we eat there all the time, especially if it’s accompanied by a bowl of hot ramen noodle. Yumm!!

So, here how to make it:

5- 6 pieces chicken thigh
oil to fry
Flour or Cornstarch (or Potato starch)

Marinate:
Soy sauce (about 1/2 cup or more)
Sake or mirin (2-3 tablespoon)
Sugar (about 1/2-1 tablespoon)
Grated ginger (about 1/2 tablespoon)

I usually just eyeball how much of the ingredients to put in, so this is just an estimate. You can add more or less of any of these things according to your taste. Garlic and ginger, you can add as much or as little as you want, depending on your liking.

Cut the chicken into a small pieces. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for marinating. Add chicken into the bowl. Let it marinate for at least 30min or more (the longer the better).

Heat oil in a pan. Coat the chicken with flour or cornstarch before you fry them, and deep fry until golden brown. Put the chicken onto the paper towel to drain.

You are set!

Homemade Sushi

I was craving for sushi all of the sudden. So, I decided to make some for me and hubby. Hubby requested tuna salad sushi… I know for the Japanese out there, you’d probably wondering “what in the heck??” LOL.. I’m sure it’s an American or Hawaiian thing. We’ve become a fan of tuna salad sushi because of Genki Sushi in Hawaii. They have tuna salad sushi and soon enough it becomes hubby’s favorite!

It’s pretty easy to make if you have the tool (sushi roller). You can find it in an Asian store. I bought mine in Hawaii. It’s very inexpensive. So, all you need to do is really have the tool and know how to roll and cut them. These are what you need:

sushi roller- you can find this in Asian store

seaweed warps/ nori- you can also find this in Asian grocery

to make tuna salad for the sushi

smoked salmon and avocado for sushi

rice of course!

How to do it:

make the tuna salad

put a seaweed wrap on the roller then put rice on top

and,

put the tuna salad or salmon and avocado on top!

then,

roll them! Make sure you roll them tight. Roll it roll by roll until all the rice is rolled up!

(i hope that makes sense)

This is the end result:

Seriously, it’s that easy! and I had fun making them. Give it a try!