January 4, 2010

Tofu Hot Pot

Today is a good day for Japanese hot pot with tofu. Yudofu is simple winter dish of simmered tofu with vegetables and dipping sauce. First you must make a batch of dashi, the recipe is here on this post, scroll down past the soba noodle recipe. If you’re planning on getting back on the clean-eating wagon, this makes one of the most perfect meals. You will feel virtuous after dinner. I know a lot of us feel as though we’ve fallen off the wagon. Maybe the wagon has even run you over! Not to worry, just climb back on with this Japanese hot pot.

Serves 2 generously

1 recipe dashi, bring the whole four cups to a gentle boil

assorted, sliced vegetables such as baby bok choy, carrots, mushrooms, green onions

1 block soft organic tofu, cubed

2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon agave

2″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

Bring dashi to a gentle simmer and add vegetables. Add them in sequence according to how long they take to cook. For example, add carrot slices first and simmer for two minutes before adding the bok choy and then the mushrooms. While your vegetables are cooking to a crisp tenderness, make your dipping sauce. Dashi, or stock, is a really light, clean-tasting broth, so the dipping sauce adds a hit of intense flavour to dip your vegetables and tofu into. Scoop out a little dashi into two small dishes, about three tablespoons into each one. Add a teaspoon of tamari soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon of agave  to each, along with the grated ginger*. Add the soft tofu pieces to your hot pot of simmering vegetables and heat through. Divide amongst two bowls, garnish with green onions and enjoy!

Ginger Grater

* I am very fond of this bamboo ginger grater that my mother in law, Tash, gave to me. It has the perfect teeth for grating fresh ginger into a fine, juicy, gingery pile and I highly recommend it. They’re easily found in Vancouver and I’ll bet that they cost less than five dollars.


2 Responses to “Yudofu”

  1. katie said

    Gorgeous!! I love this post and this dish…will make asap…I will LOAD mine with sliced scallion..as that is my favourite flavour in this type of dish… Nice one!

  2. Jen said

    You’re speaking my language with this creation! So glad to be back on the wagon again. I was badly run over.

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