Sunday, March 24, 2013

Crunchy Tofu Steak and Mushroom

There's a Japanese restaurant in Market! Market! that we love to eat. I usually order the same thing but one time I decided to order their Tofu Steak. It was good and it made me want to replicate it at home. A bit of searching from yummy magazine and here's a recipe you can also try. :)

600 grams firm tofu block, drained and sliced into 16 squares
3/4 cup flour, seasoned with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons milk or water
1 1/2 cups Japanese breadcrumbs
oil for deep-frying

For the mushroom sauce
3 tablespoons sake
3 tablespoons mirin
1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms (shiitake, button, or oyster)
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 tablespoon water
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chopped green onions or leeks

Dredge tofu squares in seasoned flour, dip in egg, then coat with breadcrumbs by gently pressing the tofu for the crumbs to adhere. Deep-fry in hot oil just until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Make the mushroom sauce: Combine sake, mirin, soy sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside. 

In a frying pan or wok, melt the butter and heat the oil. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Over high heat, add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and mix well. 

Add the dissolved cornstarch and let mixture thicken slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Add green onions or leeks and give the mixture a quick stir. Arrange tofu squares on a serving dish. Pour mushroom sauce on top. Serve immediately.


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