Friday, March 6, 2009

crunchy double-fried tofu with chinese chicken-ginger topping

An American chick. In Japan. With a British hubster. And two little US-UK beans who think they're Japanese. Watching a Chinese meal being prepared on the tube by a Japanese chef. It all makes perfect sense.

Globalization. It's all about the cooking shows.

And I had to make this meal. I just had to. It even had my husband's coworkers drooling over it the next day when he took some for lunchies.

If you can do Japanese, just go to Oshaberi Kukkingu and click on February 25 for this recipe.

And if you're not Japanese-literate, have no fear. Mamatouille's here!

Just grab yourself some fried tofu (the kind I bought in small blocks said it was microwaveable, but I just can't imagine that - bleck!), whack it in a pan with some oil (about 1/2 inch deep), and fry on both sides till crispy. Drain on paper towels.

And in the meantime, you'll need:

200 g ('bout half a pound or so) ground chicken
2 t. grated ginger
1 t. sake
1 t. sugar
salt and pepper
2.5 T. soy sauce
3/4 c. water
cornstarch or katakuriko
sliced green onions (the original recipe says 8 onions but I just used about 1 cup pre-sliced)
1 t. sesame oil

Do this:

Fry the ginger and the chicken in a little oil, then add the sake, sugar, salt and pepper to taste, soy sauce, 3/4 c. water plus cornstarch or katkuriko mixed in a little extra water, and when it's all thickened, add the green onions (I saved a bit for garnishing) and sesame oil. Give it a stir and serve it over the crispity crunchity tofu!

Yummy with a bowl of rice and a side of daikon (long white Chinese radish), cucumber (long skinny Asian kind), and tomato pickles based on David Chang's recipe for superfast salt-and-sugar pickles. (These are not great left over so don't make too many! But don't let that deter you from creating these gems and devouring them on the spot.)

And for dessert, grab yourself an anko (sweet red-bean paste)-filled yomogi daifuku (rice paste mixed with mugwort leaves). Mugwort doesn't sound that appetizing, but believe me, it is!


K and S said...

yummy, I am bookmarking this!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

K and S, so am I! :)

Lo said...

This recipe looks like something I'd absolutely LOVE. Totally putting it on my "to make" list!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Lo, I don't think you'll be disappointed! This stuff is more-ish to the max!

Anonymous said...

Something about twice fried tofu sounds sooooo good! And that sauce. Great!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Duodishes - thanks! Yes, this stuff is SO good!

Reeni said...

Fried tofu looks so good! I have never seen it fried up already in the markets here. You bought it like that? YUMMMMMM!!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Reeni - yeah, I'm so lucky I have access to food like this! It comes fried and you just fry it a bit extra to crisp it up.

Maggie said...

The sauce sounds wonderful! I have to give it a try. Is the prefried tofu breaded or battered at all? I usually dust tofu with cornstarch to fry it.

Joie de vivre said...

Your story about your little beans who think they are Japanese is so cute!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Maggie - it's not breaded, but using cornstarch sounds yummy!

Joie - my toddler uses Japanese more and more lately - it's really cute!

Sara said...

This looks so good, I definitely have a weakness for crispy tofu.

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Sara, thanks for commenting! You should try this sometime if you love crispy tofu! It's so yummers. :)

pigpigscorner said...

Yum! This sounds gorgeous! I love fried tofu!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Pigpigscorner, thanks for your comment! I love fried tofu, too - it's crispy and lovely! :)

Cate said...

seriously, this sounds amazing.

(and it all makes sense to me with the us-uk-jpn citizens who are interested in fried tofu. what's wrong there?)

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Cate - can you believe it? Matthew actually ate this! And it didn't have peanut butter anywhere near it! Even toddler beans love this stuff. Great - getting a taste for fried foods already. :)