With a subtle blend of Pure Harvest Organic Tamari, dashi stock and mirin, this Yudofu Simple Hot Tofu Recipe is as nourishing as it is comforting. Wanna learn how to make this classic Japanese recipe at home? Read on!
We’ve spent a fair amount of time in Japan on the hunt for deliciously edible adventures and can never get enough of this beautiful country.
Maybe it’s the warm, friendly people. Maybe it’s the incredible transport system (perhaps not the world’s most amazing anymore, but still lightyears ahead of ours here in Adelaide. 😅)
All I know is it definitely has something to do with all the amazing foodie discoveries to be found. It’s almost like they’re around every corner, just waiting to pounce!
And this little recipe for Yudofu – aka Simple Japanese Hot Tofu, a common hot pot or bento box side dish – is just ONE of our favourites! 🍱
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If it’s cold outside, or you just need a bowl of something to warm you up from the inside out, Yudofu is for you!
At its most basic form, Yudofu is simply blocks of tofu simmered in hot water until they’re warm and nourishing.
But the magic really happens when you combine your freshly simmered hot tofu with tasty dipping sauces like we have today.
Once you blend together the umami goodness of tofu with a few classic Japanese ingredients, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!
But when it comes down to it, I think Yudofu is so popular in Japan for a few awesome reasons:
- It’s super simple to prepare (always yay!)
- It’s low in calories/carbohydrates (which, we won’t lie, is always a good thing for food addicted bloggers 😅)
- It’s full of healthy goodness! Tofu is literally packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.
Serve it beside fluffy rice, a simple shredded cabbage slaw, and a nourishing bowl of miso soup and you’ll be feeling happy and healthy in no time!
What You’ll Need + How To Cook Yudofu
Yudofu is super simple to make, all you need are a handful of simple ingredients and about 5 minutes to prepare it!
First on the list is:
Tofu, Of Course!
This recipe calls for soft/silken tofu but should work fine with firm tofu as well.
For the most beautiful looking Yudofu, make sure to handle your tofu with care. It can fall apart very easily, especially when you’re trying to coax it out of a plastic container.
We recommend draining the liquid first before turning the tofu out into your palm. From here you can slice the tofu into smaller blocks while it’s resting on your palm (but only if you promise to be careful). 😉
To keep things quick and simple we’ve used dashi stock powder in this recipe, however you may prefer to make real dashi stock from kombu seaweed and bonito flakes. If so, check out this homemade dashi recipe from Just One Cookbook. Vegetarian? No problem – you’ll want to look for the kombu dashi (seaweed only stock).
Pure Harvest Tamari Sauce
While it’s true that tamari and soy sauce are quite similar in terms of flavour and appearance, there are a couple of key differences between them.
The first is the presence of wheat – or rather, the absence of wheat in tamari, which makes tamari an excellent soy sauce substitute for those with Gluten Free diets.
The second is that while soy sauce is almost ubiquitous in Asian cuisines, tamari is a uniquely Japanese creation. It has a purer, more balanced, less salty flavour, which means it’s also great for dipping your Japanese Gyoza/Potstickers.
And thirdly, it contains more protein than regular soy sauce, which means it’s healthier to boot!
Pure Harvest Tamari is organic, sustainably sourced, and non GMO, which means it’s not only a great choice for flavour, it’s also better for the environment.
So next time you reach for the soy sauce, why not experiment with tamari and see what you like best!
- 1 block soft tofu (approx 300 g), sliced into 4 pieces
- 1 sheet yakinori
- 2 tbsp Pure Harvest Tamari
- 2 tbsp mirin
- ½ tsp dashi stock dissolved in 2 tbsp water
- 1-2 spring onions, finely sliced
- 1-2 tbsp katsuoboshi (finely shaved bonito flakes)
- To start the tofu simmering, line a small saucepan or frypan with a sheet of yakinori seaweed, then top with your tofu pieces. Gently pour enough water to cover the tofu, then fire up your stove and simmer for around 6-8 minutes over a low to medium heat. Be sure not to let your tofu come to the boil or it will crumble apart!
- Meanwhile, blend together your tamari, dashi stock dissolved in water, and mirin and give it a good stir.
- When the tofu is ready, use a slotted spoon or spatula to carefully transfer the tofu to small serving bowls. (You can discard the yakinori now, too.)
- Garnish your tofu with spring onions and katsuoboshi, then spoon over with your blended tamari sauce.
- We recommend serving your Simple Hot Tofu as a side dish alongside fluffy white rice and miso soup.