Let’s make Tofu Nori, a simple and easy Japanese-Chinese cuisine, comforting and homey feeling wrapped in soft tofu and nori seaweed, heavenly dinner for sure and it’s obviously vegan and gluten-free!
This famous snack combines crispy nori seaweed with flavorful soft tofu. added with chinese-style sauce will melt in your mouth. This delicious and nutritious dish provides a good source of protein and iron, making it a healthy snack option for vegetarians and vegans.
What is Tofu?
First thing first, before we go thru to the menu of Tofu and Nori, let’s give some bacis knowledge first about small soft vegan food one. What is tofu? Tofu is a versatile ingredient that has been a staple in many Asian cuisines for centuries.
Tofu is a food that people make by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft, white blocks. It provides a good source of protein and iron and is a common ingredient in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. People can use tofu in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, soups, salads, and sandwiches, and can season it with a range of flavors and spices. The texture of tofu varies depending on the firmness, but it typically has a mild, slightly nutty taste and a soft, custard-like consistency. Tofu is a popular and nutritious ingredient that people use in many different cuisines around the world.
The Process of Making Tofu
Making tofu is surprisingly easy, To make tofu, you will need dried soybeans, and nigari as a coagulant made from sea salt used to solidify the soy milk and turn it into tofu.
Begin by soaking the soybeans in water for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Once the soybeans are fully soaked, drain them and rinse them thoroughly.
Next, grind the soybeans in a blender or food processor with 8 cups of water until they form a smooth paste. Pour the mixture into a large pot and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
As the soybean mixture heats up, prepare the nigari by dissolving it in 1/4 cup of warm water. When the soybean mixture reaches a temperature of 180°F (82°C), remove it from the heat and add the nigari solution, stirring gently for about 5 seconds.
Cover the pot and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes, allowing the curds to form. After 15 minutes, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined colander or tofu press. Press the tofu for about an hour to remove any excess water.
Making Tofu Nori at Home
One popular way to prepare tofu is by wrapping it in nori seaweed, a thin sheet of dried seaweed that is commonly used in sushi. The combination of the savory tofu and the salty, umami flavor of the seaweed creates a delicious and healthy snack or meal. It also creat a nostalgic taste and homey feeling. Always be my comfort-food whenever I got homesick
The history of This food can be traced back to ancient Asia. Tofu has been a staple in Chinese cuisine for over 2000 years, and it is believed to have been invented during the Han dynasty. It then spread to Korea and Japan, where it became a popular ingredient in traditional dishes such as miso soup and stir-fry. Nori, on the other hand, has been used in Japanese cuisine since the 8th century, where it was initially used as a wrapping for sushi. So either a japanese or chinese cuisine let say that this is Asian cuisine are better😉
Tofu nori is a delicious and healthy Japanese snack consists of small, bite-sized pieces of tofu wrapped in crispy nori seaweed. This is a traditional Japanese dish that has become increasingly popular around the world due to its unique flavor and health benefits. Made with fresh, this dish is a perfect combination of textures and flavors that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
In conclusion, making tofu nori is a simple and rewarding process that anyone can do at home. With just a few basic ingredients, you can enjoy this delicious, nostalgic and nutritious snack in no time. So why not give it a try and see how easy it can be?
Ingredients of Tofu Nori
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Soft Tofu/Sundubu- I use extrafirm sofu, but be careful when cut into small pieces it’s little tricky.
- Mushroom I use Champignon Mushroom
- Garlic and Onion, as aromatics give depth and a distinct flavour to any dish
- Soy Sauce, Sweet Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce – will add salty, sweet and tasty flavour. Oyster sauce also add thicken texture little bit
- Sesame Oil– add little bit nuty flavour
- Salt,Pepper, and Sugar as basic seasoning
- Sesame Seeds– use as garnish, it is optional you can add some or no.
- Cornstracth– This will help the tofu hold its shape and make it easier to handle
How to make Tofu Nori
To make tofu nori, the first step is to wrap the soft tofu with nori and then cut it into pieces. Once cut, coat the tofu nori with cornstarch until it covers both surfaces.
Next, in a pan, heat oil over medium heat, then fry the tofu nori until both sides are slightly dry. After the tofu nori is cooked, it’s best to let it rest first on a cooling rack.
While the tofu nori is resting, it’s time to prepare the seasoning. Start by sauteing garlic, onion, and mushrooms until fragrant.
Then, add soy sauce, sweet sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper to the pan. Stir until evenly mixed. Once the seasoning is ready, then add the fried tofu nori to the pan and cook until the seasoning is absorbed.
Finally, it’s time to serve the tofu nori. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top for added flavor and texture. This delicious snack is now ready to be enjoyed! With its crispy nori coating and savory tofu filling, tofu nori is sure to delight your taste buds.
I’m so excited finding an easy and delectable menu like this! I hope you enjoy it as much as mine!
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Written by Silni Asfia
- 1 sheet Nori
- 1 block Soft Tofu/Sundubu
- 5 Champignon Mushroom
- 2 clove Garlic
- ½ Onion
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- ½ tbsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- ¼ tsp Sugar
- ½ tsp Sesame Seeds
Wrap the soft tofu with nori and then cut it into pieces. Coat the tofu nori with cornstarch until it covers both surfaces.
In a pan, heat oil over medium heat then fries the tofu nori until both sides are slightly dry. After the tofu nori is cooked, rest it on a cooling rack.
Sautee garlic, onion, and mushrooms until fragrant. Add soy sauce, sweet sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Stir until evenly mixed. Add the fried tofu nori, then cook until the seasoning is absorbed.
Serve and sprinkle the tofu nori with sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!