Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu

In this cookbook I have, there's this recipe on baked tofu that uses dark soy sauce, tamari, honey, ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil as the marinade. Notice the little golden chunks of tofu below? Pretty, right?
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
It's a three part recipe - potato rosti, baked tofu, and a tomato sauce. I decided to just tackle the tofu bit. I didn't have most of the ingredients. So I used silken tofu (B-I-G mistake - It doesn't lend itself to baking and crumbles apart), sesame seeds instead of the sesame oil, Korean miso paste instead of the dark soy sauce, liquid jaggery instead of honey, and to hell with tamari.

Kinda reminds me of a classic Simpson moment (Wait for it, towards the end):

Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu

  • About 100 grams extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon Korean miso
  • 1 tablespoon liquid jaggery/honey
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Small knob of ginger
  • Handful of white sesame seeds

To make:

  • Combine the miso, liquid jaggery, and sesame seeds in a bowl.
  • Add a little water if needed to form a marinade.
  • Chop your garlic and ginger finely, and your tofu into 1 inch chunks.
  • Press the tofu and squeeze out any extra water in it.
  • Drop the tofu into the marinade, mix well, and leave it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat your oven at 250 degrees celcius.
  • In a baking tray, transfer the tofu pieces along with the liquid.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 250 degrees celcius.
  • Spoon over the remaining sauce over the baked tofu.
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
Miso-Sesame Baked Tofu
Verdict: It wasn't bad, but wasn't great either! The sauce was nice, but that stupid silken tofu (even the extra firm variety) is just really too tender to bake.

Life Lesson: Food porn, just like regular ol' porn, sets up unrealistic expectations (too pretty, too big, not big enough, not wet enough...) and you are bound to be disappointed in real life.


Vidhya said...

Tofu is my latest favorite thing to experiment my cooking skills on.I liked your dish .Will try this out soon.Thanks for stopping by my space.

Suchi said...

that doesn't look bad- must have been tasty? i love tofu and it seems to be a good recipe

Angie's Recipes said...

I like tofu too! They taste great and very healthy!

Lizzy said...

We've all been there!!! Thanks for sharing the life lesson...with the cute Simpson's clip :)

Cupcake said...

OMG looks good but not as good as it looks? Your porn lesson was most informative - haha!! You do rock Raw Girl!

Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan said...

Haha you are so right about food porn!

Tiffany said...

This sounds delish! Funny comment re: porn :)

Mireya said...

We learn a lot from our mistakes. Thanks for sharing so we learned that too.

Raw_Girl said...

Thanks all, makes me feel better after an epic fail! :)

Angela FRS said...

Well I'll bet it tasted great! Loved the Homer clip :)

MsByn said...

Lol! Love the post and it sounds interesting. I am looking for tofu recipes to try for our vegetarian kids.

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