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Dengaku (Grilled Tofu with Nerimiso)

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Category: Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • 3 tb Dashi
  • 1/2 c White miso
  • 1 tb Sugar
  • 1 tb Mirin
  • 3 tb Sesame seeds
  • 1 Egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 3 Cakes tofu (about 8 ounces
  • -each)
  • 12 Sprigs kinome, for
  • -decoration


By: Junko Lampert, The Tofu Cookbook (Japan)

Prepare nerimiso... Bring dashi, miso, sugar and mirin to a boil. Lower the
heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Let cool slightly then blend in the lightly beaten egg yolk. Mix thoroughly
until you have a smooth paste. Divide into two equal portions.

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan, shaking the pan and removing it from
the h eat as soon as the seeds start to brown. Grind the seeds and add to
one portion of the nerimiso; so that you have one sauce with seeds; the
other plain.

Wrap tofu in a dry cloth and let stand for 20 minutes. Cut each cake of
tofu into 4 rectangles. Spread the nerimiso on one side of the pieces of
tofu; use the plain sauce on half of the pieces, and the sesame-flavored
sauce on the other half of the pieces.

See note on SKEWERs.

Grill both sides over charcoal until brown and crisp. You can also cook in
an oven broiler. Decorate with the kinome leaves.

SKEWERS... Dengaku is traditionally served with skewers (like satay). When
grilling over charcoal, skewer the pieces of tofu with double-pronged
skewers, if available, or with two plain bamboo skewers. * To grill: place
two bricks on the grill, spaced so that you can rest the skewers on them.
The wood of the skewers is not exposed to flame. * To broil in oven, do so
unskewered. Place tofu on a lightly oiled baking sheet, and broil on both
sides. Skewer and decorate after broiling.

NERIMISO is a sweet, simmered miso sauce which can be prepared in advance.
It is delicious on steamed vegetables as well as on tofu.

DASHI is a broth or clear soup. Basically 4 flavors: kombu seaweed; 2 fish
flavors (strong and mild); and a mushroom. An instant Dashi is available:
look for "dashi" or "dashi-no-moto". Use 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of water.

MISO is fermented soybean paste. The colors range from yellow to brown;
yellow miso is called "White" and brown miso is called "Red." The degree of
saltyiness varies greatly. Refrigerated ,miso stays fresh for many months.

MIRIN is intensified, sweetened sake (rice wine). The following mixture may
be substituted for each teaspoon mirin: 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 tablespoon
sake or white sherry.

KINOME are young spring of a Japanese pepper tree called sansho. It has a
bright green color, pungent smell, and neat, symmetrical form (resembled a
tiny fern). Use leafy celery, or water cress, or a leaf of Italian parsley.
A spring of thyme...

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