sake marinated tofu in a shitake broth

tofu in shitake broth

Our bid to lose a few pounds in preparation for our beach holiday next month has not gone to plan. It would appear that food blogging coupled with increasingly cold weather is not in any way conducive to maintaining a slim waistline. With less than a month to go it’s time to make a proper effort so tonight I’m kicking it all off with a soul-warming sake marinated tofu in a ginger shitake broth.

Sake Marinated Tofu in a Shitake Broth
serves 4 (as a starter)

250g medium-firm tofu
8 shitake mushrooms, sliced
1 small carrot, julienned
50g baby spinach

sake marinade:
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sake
1/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 garlic clove, minced

500ml dashi, vegetable stock or water
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp mirin
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
shichimi togarashi (japanese 7 spice powder), to serve

Pat the tofu with a kitchen towel to remove excess moisture, then cut into 1-cm thick slices. Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and marinade the tofu pieces for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

Lift the tofu pieces from the marinade* and place on a heatproof dish. Steam on a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until heated through. Remove from heat and keep warm.

Place all the broth ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the shitake and carrots then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook for a further minute, until the leaves have wilted. Taste and season.

Arrange the warm tofu in large flat bowls, then pour over the broth. Serve with a dash of togarashi for a little heat.

* reserve the marinade – it’s lovely heated and tossed through hot soba for lunch the next day. Just add a dash more soy, a drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkle with togarashi.

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~ by gourmettraveller on October 19, 2009.

3 Responses to “sake marinated tofu in a shitake broth”

  1. This sound delicious, great for this weather:)

  2. I love tofu. This dish looks very delicious.

  3. Tasty ! Looks appetizing. Thank you very for sharing. Cheers !

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