Vegan Japanese ‘Fast Food’on February 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm
I came across this recipe when I was looking to put together ethnic menus, and in 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson, they have menus for all types of cuisine. I was planning to do a Japanese themed night, but of course, my impatience got the better of me. I hadn’t pre-read the recipes, and as I was about to prepare a feast, one of the recipes in the group had a total cook time of over an hour. That kind of put a damper on my plans, but just for the night. I’ll do some more of these foreign menus later on.
That still left me with the dilemma of finding dinner for the evening. So I decided to simply make one of the speedier recipes from the menu, and call it a day. Edamame Donburi sounded fantastic, and I had tofu in the fridge to use up, so it was fate. I threw some rice into my rice cooker, and I was off.
This recipe was my first experience in using a different type of tofu, it was less pressed than the kind I typically use, and the moisture didn’t press out of it in the same manner as it usually did. Still, I’d set about making this dish, and I’d not let that set me off course. So I crumbled it up as per the recipe and hoped for the best. Well the result, while perhaps not the most appealing to the eye, was I think to the better in terms of taste.
The recipe mentions that traditional donburi is soft rice topped with meat vegetables and/or eggs. With the tofu crumbled in the manner that it was, and still sort of soft, ended up resembling scrambled eggs strikingly well! It crisped up nicely on the outside, but maintained a bit of the bounce that scrambled eggs have. Add the rest of the veggies (and a couple peppers because I can’t resist them) and a few more minutes of sautéing and I’ve got supper!
The taste was remarkable. Just so rich and authentic tasting that it was all I could do to to leave myself some for leftovers to bring for lunch tomorrow. Had this been a weekend, well, I would have been quite the glutton.
We’ll make this recipe again when I actually prepare enough to make a Japanese menu night, but for the first try, it was just what I was looking for.