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Non Oil Vegan Katsu-Don


  • 2012/06/06

'Non Oil Vegan Katsu-Don' -- 4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

4 servings rice

400g frozen firm tofu (or 2 pieces Koya tofu)
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup water
2 cups panko (breadcrumbs)

Katsu-Don sauce:
1 cup water
6 Tbls (90ml) soya sauce
4 Tbls (60ml) mirin
2 Tbls sugar
3 Tbls sake or white wine
salt to taste

1 onion
200g silken tofu
1 Tbls potato starch or corn starch (mix with same amount of water)
Spring onion to garnish


Directions:
1. Defrost the frozen tofu, drain and press. Slice the tofu into 5-7mm thick.
2. Toast the panko in a frying pan over mid heat until brown. It's easy to burn, so please be careful.
3. Mix the flour and water in a bowl. Dip the sliced tofu first into the flour/water mixture, then into the panko.
4. Bake the tofu for 10min in a 220 degree oven, flip over and bake for 5 more minutes.
5. Place all ingredients for Katsu-Don sauce in a pan, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium and add sliced onion. Cover and cook until the onion is soft.
6. Mush the silken tofu by hand and add to the sauce pan. Add the potato starch and water mixture too and mix well. Bring it to a boil then turn off the heat. Place the rice, baked tofu, sauce and thinly sliced spring onions in a bowl. EAT!



Katsu Don is one of the most famous Japanese rice bowls. Traditionally Katsu is made of breaded deep-fried pork meat, and a thick sauce with egg is poured on top. I made this vegan Katsu from frozen tofu which has a harder texture and used silken tofu instead of the egg for the sauce. The normal way to cook the Katsu is deep-frying, but I chose to bake mine to make the healthiest Katsu Don in the world! This sauce is thick and salty and the best match with white rice!

Vegan Memo:
- If you want to deep fry the Katsu, you can do it without changing the recipe. But you don't need to toast the panko first.



Nutrition FactsPer Serving
Calories - 458.6
Total Fat - 10.9 g
  Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 5.8 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 2.2 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 902.0 mg
  Potassium - 474.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 79.5 g
  Dietary Fiber - 4.7 g
  Sugars - 15.0 g
Protein - 26.3 g
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Avocado and Orange Japanese Vegan Chirashi Sushi


  • 2012/05/23

'Avocado and Orange Japanese Vegan Chirashi Sushi' -- 4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

Sushi rice:
2 cups Japanese rice
2 cups water
3 Tbls rice wine vinegar
3 Tbls sugar
1 Tsp salt

Seasoned Koya Tofu:
1 Koya tofu (freeze-dried tofu) (If you can't get it, you can use 200g frozen firm tofu instead of Koya tofu.)
1 cup water
2 Tbls sake or white wine
2 Tbls sugar
2 Tsp soya sauce
1/2 Tsp salt

1 carrot
1/4 Tsp salt
1 avocado
1 orange
2/3 cup shelled edamame (If frozen, defrost before use. If raw, cook in boiling water first.)
Nori to garnish


Directions:
1. Start by cooking the rice: Wash the rice, and soak in water for 30min if you have time. Drain the rice and put in a heavy-bottom pan with water. Cover the pan and cook over high heat. After you can see steam coming out from the pan, turn the heat down to lowest setting. Wait for 10min. Turn off the heat, wait for 10min without opening the lid.
2. Place Koya tofu, water, sake, sugar, soya sauce and salt into the pan, bring it to a boil. Cover the pan and cook for 10min over low heat. Set aside until it is cold enough to touch. Cut the reconstituted tofu into thin rectangles.
3. Cut the carrot into thin strips, place in a bowl with salt and mix. Wait for 10min, squeeze out the water from the carrot. Set aside.
4. Mix the vinegar, sugar and salt until all sugar is dissolved. Add the liquids to the hot cooked rice, mixing well with a spatula in cutting motions. If you mix the rice in the normal way, the rice will get mushed up!
5. Place the rice, sliced Koya tofu, carrot, sliced avocado, sliced orange, edamame and nor on a dish (in that order). EAT!



Chirashi sushi is a popular home made sushi in Japan. Usually people use egg and fish on the sushi rice so I made it vegan with avocado and seasoned freeze-dried tofu. This freeze-dried tofu (Koya tofu) is so useful in the Japanese vegan cooking, but difficult to find in the UK. So you can make it by yourself! It's so easy. Buy firm tofu and freeze it. Next day, defrost the tofu. You will notice the tofu has changed into a sponge!

Vegan Memo:
- Don't lift the lid of the pan while you are cooking the rice! This is the Japanese way to make soft rice!
- If you have a rice cooker, you can use it.
- You can make your own chirashi sushi with other kinds of vegetables! (e.g cucumber, celery, red pepper and so on. )



Nutrition FactsPer Serving
Calories - 391.7
Total Fat - 10.8 g
  Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 3.2 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 4.5 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 937.5 mg
  Potassium - 404.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 31.0 g
  Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
  Sugars - 21.9 g
Protein - 12.8 g
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Vegan Tofu Katsu with Teriyaki Sauce


  • 2012/02/13

'Vegan Tofu Katsu with Teriyaki Sauce' -- 2 servings

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INGREDIENTS

Inside:
4 koya-tofu (freeze-dried tofu)
400ml dashi or water
2 Tbls soya sauce
1 Tbls mirin
1 Tbls sake

Coating:
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup water
Panko (breadcrumbs), enough to cover tofu

Vegetable oil

Sauce:
3 Tbls soya sauce
2 Tbls vinegar
2 Tbls mirin
1 Tbls sake
1 Tbls sugar
1 clove garlic
Same amount ginger
1 Tsp potato starch
1 Tsp water



Directions:
1. Place koya-tofu, dash or water, soya sauce, mirin and sake into pan and cover it with otoshi buta (which is Japanese-style drop-lid) or kitchen foil (see Vegan memo) and cook until water is reduced by half (around 10min). Leave it until cold to handle.
2. Make sauce. Put soya sauce, vinegar, mirin, sake, sugar, minced garlic and minced ginger into small pan and bring it to the boil. Mix potato starch with water and add to pan, mixing well until sauce is smooth and thick. Turn off heat.
3. Squeeze the koya-tofu gently, dip it into the flour/water mix, then the breadcrumbs, and deep fry in medium hot oil.
4. Eat with sauce!



I think Koya-tofu katsu is the most famous Japanese vegan recipe in Japan. Almost all Japanese vegans know this recipe. I got koya-tofu from my parents, so I finally made it in the UK. (Katsu is kind of Japanese cutlet. Usually people use pork.)
Seasoning the koya-tofu makes it so juicy, more than smelly real meat. If you eat this katsu with this teriyaki sauce, you can feel like you are eating unhealthy non-vegan food. And it's so good with white rice! Try it!


Vegan Memo:
- If you don't have otoshi buta, you can use kitchen foil. Fold it into a little bit smaller than the pan size, and make small 6 holes to allow the steam to escape.
- I think it might be difficult to find koya-tofu. Please try asking staff in health food shops, Asian supermarkets, or order on the internet!
- When you squeeze koya-tofu, don't do it too much or it will become too dry. But don't do it too gently either or it will be dangerous to deep fry!
- Please make sure to put panko on the narrower sides and corners of the koya-tofu to make it look better!

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