>> Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I'm still living in 2010 at the moment in my head.
Because I haven't the chance to think about New Year's resolutions yet.
And I haven't passed on my greetings and best wishes to you.
So I'm doing it now. Passing on my greetings I mean. Resolutions don't necessarily have to start in January in my book.
So I hope your holiday season was very nice.
And that you got to be with the ones you love to plant kisses on and share food with...
And that you thought about the meaning of Christmas....
And if you were going through a rough time, I hope you found hope and consolation in the midst of it all.
Thank you for your readership and encouraging comments over the past year. You've made this journey so much more fun than a while ago when I used to begin my posts with 'Dear void'. Thanks for turning that void into friends. Or virtual friends.
So I was home for the holidays and was joyfully stuffed with Chinese food - crispy duck, shallot pancakes, stir fried noodles, dumplings, and everything else drool-worthy. Not your typical Christmas-type food. We also dined out almost everyday and that's the way it has been all my life - Christmas is celebrated with Chinese food usually not prepared at home. It's a tradition!
This post is rather special to me because because this goma dofu (sesame 'tofu' - not really tofu) has been planned for a long time now. Why so long, you ask? Ever since I saw this post on JustHungry, I knew straight away that I needed to make this - sesame tofu is one of my favourites to order in Japanese restaurants, but they're usually in fried form like agedashi tofu. I love the intense sesame flavour (from tahini) and the smooth tofu-like texture of this dish!
However, the problem I had was sourcing pure kuzu powder. The ones at the Japanese stores are usually sweet potato starch and arrowroot, which would not work according to the recipe. So for the past few months, I've scoured every Asian or Japanese grocery store I came across with no luck.
Until last month Mother went to Japan and bought some for me.
Probably the best Christmas present ever.
I hope you can find kuzu powder easier than I have and give this a go. Oh, and do you know that kuzu has a lot of health benefits and is also used as a hangover remedy in China as it detoxifies the liver? You learn something new everyday, huh?
This dish is eaten cold, with a dash of soy sauce (as the tofu itself is bland) and wasabi (which I didn't have).
(p.s. I used the rest of the kuzu powder to make kuzumochi - sticky mochi cake. One of the yummiest Japanese summertime dessert!)
Goma Dofu (Sesame Tofu)
From Just Hungry
- 70g (2.5 oz) tahini or nerigoma that has been stirred very well
- 50 g (1.75 oz) kuzu powder
- 500ml (2 cups plus a tablespoon) water, filtered water preferred
- Equipment needed: bowl, pan, square container to mold the goma dofu
2. Put into a pan over medium heat, and add the tahini or nerigoma. Mix continuously, smooshing any lumps of sesame paste and incorporating it as well as possible into the liquid. When it heats up it will start to thicken and get a bit lumpy - keep stirring to smooth out the lumps. After a while, it will turn from milky to a bit more translucent in color and have the consistency of a thick pudding.
4. Unmold and cut into squares. Serve chilled, with wasabi or grated fresh ginger and soy sauce. (The goma dofu on its own is quite bland, so it does need the sauce.) It’s really nice as a cold appetizer on a warm day. It can be stored, well covered, in the refrigerator for a couple of days.