Tofu Steak with Mushrooms

Tofu steak is a dish usually found in Japanese restaurants in the Philippines. When I was younger, I hated tofu. I thought it was weird and bland. The soft, slightly melt-in-your-mouth texture didn’t do it any favors either. However, this dish changed my negative perception of tofu. I think the sauce did it for me. The tasty sauce was in perfect harmony with the bland tofu. Gradually, I started enjoying eating tofu thanks to this dish.

This recipe was inspired by both the Agedashi Tofu recipe by Cooking with Dog (link here) and the Crunchy Tofu Steak and Mushrooms recipe by Yummy magazine (link here). I combined both recipes and tweaked it a little bit.

Ingredients:

419 grams firm tofu block

Salt

Black pepper

flour

1 small onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

Around 5 pieces Shiitake mushroom, sliced

Around ¼ cup carrots, julienned

150-200 grams ground pork

2 tablespoons sake or cooking wine

2 tablespoons mirin

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons broth or water

1 tablespoons brown sugar

½ tablespoon cornstarch mixed with water

Chopped spring onions for garnish

Procedure:

Wrap the tofu in a paper towel for 30 minutes. Change the paper towel once it’s soaked through.

tofu in tissue

If the tofu block is too big, cut it in half.

Cut the block of tofu in half vertically before cutting each half into 3 more horizontal pieces. You’ll have a total of 6 pieces.

sliced tofu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wipe the tofu blocks again with a paper towel to remove any excess liquid.

Coat the tofu with all-purpose flour.

Sprinkle black pepper and a bit of salt over the tofu blocks.

season tofu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat a little oil in a flat Teflon pan.

Once the oil is hot, place tofu blocks on the pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan. You can fry in batches.

panfry tofu

Flip to the other side once one side is browned.

golden tofu

When the tofu is cooked, drain then arrange on a plate.

cooked tofu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix mirin, sake, soy sauce and brown sugar in a bowl.

sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sauté garlic and onion in a pan.

saute garlic onion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add mushrooms and carrots.

mushroom carrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stir fry until tender.

Add the ground pork. Let it cook for a while.

add pork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the soy sauce mixture.

Let it simmer a bit.

add sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with a little water.

Carefully, add this mixture to the pan. Don’t add all at once. Mix.

If the sauce is thick enough, there is no need to add all of the mixture.

Turn off the heat, pour the mixture over the tofu and top with spring onions.

tofu steak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In summary:

Ingredients:

419 grams firm tofu block

Salt

Black pepper

flour

1 small onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

Around 5 pieces Shiitake mushroom, sliced

Around ¼ cup carrots, julienned

150-200 grams ground pork

3 tablespoons sake or cooking wine

3 tablespoons mirin

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar

½ tablespoon cornstarch

Chopped spring onions for garnish

Procedure:

  1. Wrap the tofu in a paper towel for 30 minutes. Change the paper towel once it’s soaked through.
  2. Cut the block of tofu in half vertically before cutting each half into 3 more horizontal pieces.
  3. Wipe the tofu blocks again with a paper towel to remove any excess liquid.
  4. Coat the tofu with all-purpose flour.
  5. Sprinkle black pepper and a bit of salt over the tofu blocks.
  6. Heat a little oil in a flat Teflon pan.
  7. Once the oil is hot, place tofu blocks on the pan. Flip once a side is done.
  8. When the tofu is cooked, drain then arrange on a plate.
  9. Mix mirin, sake, soy sauce and brown sugar in a bowl.
  10. Sauté garlic and onion in a pan.
  11. Add mushrooms and carrots. Stir fry until tender.
  12. Add the ground pork. Let it cook for a while.
  13. Add the soy sauce mixture. Simmer.
  14. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with a little water. Carefully, add this mixture to the pan. Don’t add all at once. Mix. If the sauce is thick enough, there is no need to add all of the mixture.
  15. Turn off the heat, pour the mixture over the tofu and top with spring onions.

 

 

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