Instagram is an awesome thing.
I was away from the Japanese food scene for a long time, but now I feel like I’m catching up.
When I saw a picture of a dynamic tofu rice bowl, I knew that was something I wanted to create myself.
Apparently, this is a special dish served at a restaurant called “Otako-Honten” in Japan, and it has been very popular since stories about this dish were picked up by the media a few years ago.
They call this dish “To-Meshi,” in Japanese.
I’m assuming that the “TO” is a shortened “tofu” and “Meshi” means rice.
My tofu was slow-cooked for hours in slightly sweetened soy/seaweed/mushroom-based broth.
At the end of the process the tofu has absorbed all the delicious flavors.
A bowl of miso soup and a small dish of kimchi complete this awesome meal.