East meets East: Lemongrass & miso mushroom udon with silken tofu

22 Aug

If you don’t eat tofu, then you probably think tofu is tofu and always bad (direct quote from work BBQ last week – alack, my attempts at grilling the bean curd on a disposable barbie failed to disprove. Alack).

But it’s not. Silken tofu has this amazing texture – kinda silken really. And it can be eaten raw, which is probably the best way to go about it. Plus, you can buy a tetra pak (long life pack) of it in Sainsbury’s for a quid and leave it your cupboard for ages until you’re forced to come up with some East is East recipe to justify ever having bought it in the first place. We made this tonight and not only did it take about 10 minutes it total, but Man had to listen to me congratulate myself all evening about both the meal and my performance in the preceding step class. See me lunge!

East meets East tasty broth udon and tofu:

  • 1 packet udon noodles
  • 5 large chestnut (or shitake if you’re fancy) mushrooms sliced
  • 1 packet silken tofu
  • 1/3 lemongrass stick – finely sliced and then macerated really well in a mortar and pestle
  • 2cm chunk of ginger, finely julienned
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 TBSP miso paste (we used barley)
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (or less) sesame oil
  • 1/2 red birds eye chili
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced
  • 1.5 – 2 C water

Remove tofu from packet and let drain over napkin, sliced however you fancy it.

Heat plain oil in a small pot, adding the lemongrass then ginger and a splash of soy sauce. Throw in mushrooms, half the miso and stir around ’til mushrooms soften.

Add water (should just reach the level of mushrooms), sesame oil and remaining miso and soy sauce. Some chili can go in now if you so please.

Once the mushroom broth is tasting decent, throw in the udon and cook through.

Pile the mushroom and noodles into 2 serving bowls. Top with sliced tofu then pour over remaining miso-y, mushroom-y broth. Sprinkle with spring onion and chili.

Ta da.

Estimated cost: £2.70

Musical accompaniment: Deer Tick

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