It’s time again to set our sights on the delicious food that comes to us through our favorite medium: Anime! Isekai Shokudou is not going to take you on some harrowing journey; it is not going to shock you, nor is it going to make you cry, at least it should not, but rather, it is going to show you good food and in a way, act almost like Shokugeki no Souma where the characters break down everything in front of them that we are seeing. Yet again, this week we got another treat with the story of a classic Japanese food, Omelette Rice, and another newer type of food, tofu steak. It is not to say that tofu is not something new nor is tofu steak, but the Elf Fardania’s diet will not allow her to enjoy anything with milk, eggs, meat, or dairy products. A challenge indeed, but the master undertakes it without thinking twice. Of course, Fardania loved it and now she is coming back episode after episode to order it again and again!
What we are presented with this time is a delicious meal that works for someone who is a vegan. It is rather shocking since you don’t see much acknowledgement of people who do not regularly consume milk, meat, or animal products in anime. Once in awhile, we get a salaryman who does not drink or a person who is a vegetarian, but to go full vegan is something rarely seen. While we personally cannot give up cheese and ice cream, we respect those who do and we have to say, when we saw the tofu steak, we became very hungry. So today, we present to you tofu steak with oroshi daikon sauce and veggies. Enjoy!
Tofu Steak from Isekai Shokudou
What You Will Need:
Ponzu usually comes in two varieties. Those based on Konbu and Katsuo, and those that are just Konbu flavored. Konbu means seaweed, so no problems there. You do not need a lot of Daikon as well so please don’t buy a massive root thinking you will use it all. Also, Daikon Oroshi, what you will be making, uses the bottom half of the daikon. So try to not use the top! Above all else, just enjoy it!
How to Cook It:
1To start, slice your block of tofu into fourths.
2Line a place with a few paper towels and place the four blocks on top of the paper towels. Microwave for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to overlap the blocks as well, as you are trying to draw out the moisture here.
3Once done, sift your potato starch flour over the tofu and once one side is done, flip them and repeat.
4Heat up a frying pan with some vegetable or olive oil in it. Once warm, place the tofu blocks into the frying pan.
5Fry them for a few minutes on both side until they start to turn golden brown. Once done, season with salt and pepper.
6Grate your daikon finely. It should be almost a pudding consistency. Place that aside.
7Boil your carrots after slicing them and then in the last few minutes, add in your spinach. Three minutes max is all you need.
8Drain them and then place them next to your tofu steak.
9Top with the grated daikon, then the chopped scallions, and finally, a tablespoon of ponzu sauce. Add more to season.
(Note: Be careful not to burn yourself with the oven or the frying pan. Things will get hot. )