Yudofu: A super quick Japanese lunch

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So, your hungry RIGHT NOW, don’t have time to mess about! Well you’re in luck with a quick recipe for a super fast lunch with Japanese elegance. May I present yudofu 湯豆腐. Literally, hot water tofu- with all the fixin’s!
See cheat sheet at the end to eat this in under 10 minutes.

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-and don’t forget the tea!

Ingredients

  • Boiling water
  • Firm unpressed tofu, cut into small blocks- 1/2 block per bowl
  • konbu-dashi granules (seaweed stock) about 1 tsp per bowl
    or- water soaked with a piece of konbu

Measure out the exact amount of water you will have in your bowl(s).
Bring to a boil and add the konbu-dashi (available at Asian stores. Make sure there isn’t any surprise bonito/katsuo in the stock).
Add tofu, about 1/2 block per serving.
Boil 5 minutes.
Pour everything into a bowl
Grab a small dish for placing the tofu on when eating.

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Dipping sauce

  • soy sauce based dipping sauce. AKA tsuyu つゆ.
    Most tsuyu have fish (bonito/katsuo) in it, keep an eye out for a seaweed or mushroom based sauce. This may be easier to find in a Taiwanese or Chinese store/area than Japanese. If you cannot find a fish-free dipping sauce, make your own: 1:1:4 parts = Soy sauce : Mirin : Konbu-dashi

Place in smaller bowl for dipping

Toppings

  • grated ginger
  • sliced spring onions
  • toasted sesame seeds (& crushed optional)
  • grated daikon (mooli/giant white radish), optional

Place each topping in their own dish, or arrange on a plate.

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Eat

  • Dip hot tofu into dipping sauce and place on it’s own small dish. Choose toppings to add to it. CHOW DOWN.

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Cheat sheet

  • Measure and boil your water (add extra if you’re making a tea). While coming to a boil, cut tofu into blocks. No need to drain the tofu. Get konbu-dashi granules ready.
  • Add clean water to tea. Boil the rest with tofu & dashi for 5 min.
  • While boiling tofu: grate ginger (& daikon, opt) & slice green onions. Add them to separate dishes with pre-toasted sesame seeds (not a huge deal if they’re not toasted).
  • Pour dipping sauce into bowl.
  • BEEP BEEP BEEP
  • Pour yudofu into your bowl. Take leaves/bag out of tea.
  • Take a deep breath and enjoy the tasty simplicity of this meal.
  • Wash your dishes when you’re done, you’ll thank yourself later =)
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