7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese

If you are a healthy eater, you have probably tried Tofu, but to those who haven’t tried it, Tofu is made of soybeans and is very rich in nutrition. If you cannot imagine the taste, think about soymilk. When making Tofu, we boil some soymilk with a coagulant (にがり). Since Tofu contains a lot of protein, Tofu is often used in vegetarian meals so that people can get enough nutrition without eating animal meat. Moreover, Tofu would be very helpful for those who are on a diet because it is known as a low-calorie food. Because of its subtle taste, Tofu is well matched with so many ingredients–and is one of the most important foods in my home country –Japan. Here, I would like to introduce 7 Tofu recipes that you’ll definitely enjoy!



 

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese

 

1. Hiyayakko (冷奴)

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese_ Hiyayakko

Hiyayakko is one of the most popular Tofu recipes. Although it is very simple, this is the best way to enjoy Tofu especially during summer time. Just cut Tofu into a small cubic shape and put it on the plate. Finally, you can put soy sauce and other condiments such as sliced green onions, dried bonito flakes and grated ginger. This is the ordinary Hiyayakko –but I would recommend putting some Kimuchi on it. The spice is very well-matched with Tofu!! Find your favorite combination with Hiyayakko and enjoy Tofu more!

 

2. Yu-dofu (湯豆腐)

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Yu-dofu means putting Tofu into boiled water –and that’s all you have to do to enjoy this menu! Yu-dofu is especially popular in Kyoto area and is a little bit pricy. But don’t worry –you don’t have to eat it at the restaurant. It is common to have Yu-dofu during winter time. We usually place a big pot in the middle of the table and have Yu-dofu with family member and/or friends. After boiling, put Tofu on the plate and eat it with soy sauce and other condiments like Hiyayakko. Be careful not to boil Tofu too much since it’s getting less soft.

 

3. Mapo-dofu (麻婆豆腐)

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Although this recipe is known as a Chinese dish, many Japanese people cook Mapo-dofu at home. Chinese style Mapo-dofu includes more spices compared to Japanese one. Both of them are very good, but I would recommend our style since it has mild taste and is well matched with Japanese steamed rice! What you need is Tofu, ground pork, garlic, ginger, green onion stir-fry them all and season it with chicken broth, soy sauce, sugar and Chinese spice called Doubanjiang (豆板醤). If you are too lazy to prepare all this, you can get Mapo-dofu mix at almost any grocery stores in Japan. Enjoy this amazing meal here in Japan, too!

 

4. Iri-dofu (炒り豆腐)

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese_Iri-dofu

Iri-dofu means stirred Tofu. But when making Iri-dofu, you can put not only Tofu but also whatever you want to eat with Tofu. I usually put some carrots, green pepper, ham, and mushroom into a pan and just stir-fry them all with Tofu. After seasoning with soy sauce and broth, it is ready to eat!

 

5. Tofu Hamburger (豆腐ハンバーグ)

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese_Tofu Hamburger

What are you going to imagine when you hear hamburger? You might think of the meat patty inside of the sandwich. But just changing the half of the beef into Tofu would make the patty much healthier! All you have to do is that mix Tofu and beef together before baking –other process and ingredients and even the taste are the same as the regular hamburger. You can use this meal while you are on a diet but want to eat some fatty dishes!

 

6. Agedashi-dofu (揚げ出し豆腐)

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese_Agedashi-dofu

This is one of my favorite Tofu recipes. Cut Tofu into the size you want and put starch around the Tofu. Then, deep fry it until it gets brown. After that, put it into soy sauce based soup and it is ready to serve! I love the combination of the broth and fried Tofu –it is well matched with rice. I would also recommend you to eat it when drinking alcohol. I’m sure you won’t be able to stop eating it.

 

7. Tofu donut (豆腐ドーナツ)

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese_Tofu donut

Have you thought of using Tofu as an ingredient for sweets? Actually there are so many snacks that include Tofu in them such as cheese cake, ice cream, and pudding. They are popular mostly among those who are on a diet but would like to eat some sweets without feeling guilty! You might think that low-calorie and/or low-fat sweets like these are not tasty –but believe me, these are delicious. Although some of them have different tastes and texture, it makes Tofu sweets unique and popular. Tofu donut is my favorite since it is chewier compared to a regular one. How to make is very simple- just mix some Tofu with donut ingredients and fry it. Let’s stay healthy and eat whatever you want with Tofu!

 

Conclusion

Tofu is very nutritious and has an important role in Japanese food culture. It is also helpful for people needing a special care for their diet. There are so many ways to use Tofu in our daily meals and even sweets–why don’t you change your diet with Tofu and stay much healthier?

 

7 Interesting Tofu Recipes Recommended by Japanese

1. Hiyayakko (冷奴)
2. Yu-dofu (湯豆腐)
3. Mapo-dofu (麻婆豆腐)
4. Iri-dofu (炒り豆腐)
5. Tofu Hamburger (豆腐ハンバーグ)
6. Agedashi-dofu (揚げ出し豆腐)
7. Tofu donut (豆腐ドーナツ)