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Category Archives: Tofu

“Egg” Rice bowl
”玉子”どんぶり

Egg Rice Bowl is one of my favorite lunch dishes on the cafeteria menu at the college I attended in japan. It was cheap (I believe it was about 400 yen (approximately $4.00), filling, and tasty. Egg rice bowl is basically eggs and onions cooked in soy sauce-based slightly sweet broth and served over rice. […]

Silken Tofu Rice
奴どんぶり

This dish is one of the best examples, “simple is best.” What you need to make Silken Tofu Rice are… Rice. Silken tofu (warm or cold). Soy sauce. These are the basic ingredients. And toppings of your choice. This time I had avocado mash (avocado plus wasabi and chopped radish), chopped tomatoes, and Japanese Shiso […]

Vegan Bibimbap
Ⅴビビンバ

Vegans and plant-eaters. Who is tired of “subtraction” vegan dishes? Well, I am. You go to a restaurant. Find a dish that says “vegan upon request” and ask about it. Your server tells you it’s “no problem” to make the dish vegan. They will just remove this, this, this, and that. So you’ll end up […]

T-Rice Bowl
うちのとうめし

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 […]

Carrot Shiri-Shiri Roll
にんじんしりしりパン

Carrot Shiri-Shiri is a simple dish that originated in the Southern island of Japan, Okinawa. The very basic is shredded carrots sautéed with eggs. I used tofu in place of eggs, and I also added “shira-taki” which is a type of traditional Japanese noodles made of konjac yam; I cut them into small pieces. This […]

Tofu Miso Katsu Rice Bowl
トーフ味噌カツ丼

When you don’t know what to make for lunch, a rice bowl is always a good idea, if you ask me. Tofu Katsu or deep-fried crispy tofu is one of my favorites to use for a rice bowl. Brown rice, tofu katsu, and sweet miso glaze in a bowl. Served with miso soup and fresh […]

Tofu Cutlet Wanpaku Sandwich
豆腐カツわんぱくサンド

I was in the mood for a big sandwich, and I decided to make Wanpaku sandwich for the second time. Wanpaku sandwich is a popular Japanese sandwich. I’m not sure exactly what is the definition, but basically it’s a sandwich with a LOT of stuff sandwiched. Like those New Jersey deli sandwiches, as my husband […]

Deconstructed Bahn Mi Rice Bowl
解体バインミー丼

You have all the ingredients for your banh mi sandwich, but you are missing the right bread for it. What would you do? Make deconstructed bahn mi rice bowl! I talked about this Trader Joe’s super firm tofu before. This is REALLY firm and dense, and when cooked, the texture resembles that of chicken. That’s […]

Mushroom “Tosage” Herb Cream Pasta
きのこ ハーブクリームパスタ

Plant-based comfort food at its best! I often use firm tofu and crumble it to make “sausage” with it. Extra Firm Tofu sold at Trader Joe’s is extremely firm and provides a great texture. I would particularly recommend this to first-time tofu eaters, as the texture is similar to that of chicken. The cream sauce […]

Southern Style Ticken and Waffles
南部風〝ティキン”&ワッフル

Chicken and Waffles is probably the best example of a great sweet-savory dish. To tell you the truth, I’ve never had chicken and waffles in my life, and then I started a plant-based diet. But I was always interested in the concept, and this morning I decided to make my vegan version. If I would […]