Japanese cuisine has its own identity not only the taste but also the arrangement of each dish.Japanese cuisine is very diverse from the way it is prepared to the color and taste of the food.When you look at Japanese food, you may think that the processing is very simple. But hidden behind that is the meticulous selection of ingredients and extremely skillful knife techniques to create such a wonderful dish.
If you are vegetarian and love Japanese cuisine,one of the best dishes you should try at least once in your life is Vegan Crispy Tofu Katsu.First of all,you should understanf the meaning of “katsu”.Katsu is a Japanese word that translates to ‘cutlet’, so Tofu Katsu means tofu cutlet. You may also see it in dishes like katsukore (curry + rice), katsudon (katsu + egg over rice), and ramen!
I am pretty sure that you really want to know to make it well. Today,I want to share with you how to make and enjoy it.Here we go!!!
MAKING THE TOFU KATSU
USING EXTRA FIRM TOFU
- Prepare tofu by wrapping it in a towel and placing some plates to press out the liquid.
- Leave your tofu to press for 10-15 minutes.
- Slice the extra firm tofu into slabs before preparing the batter and coating.
- Around 3/4 to 1-inch thick slabs are good.
PREPARE THE BATTER
- Dry Mix
- Add in the water
- Dip each piece of the tofu into the batter then transfer it to the bread crumbs to evenly coat.
- Use your left hand for wet and your right hand for the dry breadcrumb mix to keep things as clean as possible.
- Repeat this until you’ve coated all the slabs.
Now it’s time to cook the slabs of coated tofu!
- Use a large cast iron pan and heat up some neutral oil.
- Once the oil is hot, add in the tofu.
- To test out the heat of the oil,add a few breadcrumbs. If it immediately sizzles, it’s good to go!
- Leave the side to cook until golden brown and crisp before flipping the tofu katsu over to cook the remaining side.
- After it cooks, remove the tofu from the oil and drain any excess oil by placing it on a strainer or cooling wrack.
- Leave the tofu to cool for a few minutes.
- Slice them diagonally.
Now you can check out the 4 ways to enjoy tofu katsu below:
These Japanese-Style Katsudon Rice Bowls are packed with crispy coated pieces of Tofu Katsu cooked down in a sweet sauce with onions and mushrooms, inspired by Japanese Katsudon. Served over steamed bowls of short grain rice for a perfectly hearty meal.
2.Tofu Katsu Susbi sandwiches or Onigirazu
I am pretty sure that you really enjoy making these Tofu ‘Katsu’ Sandwiches or Onigirazu and it’s even more exciting to eat them because they’re so handy! You can take some to school and eat them like sandwiches while walking to your next class.
- Teriyaki Tofu Katsu Rice Bowls
These bowls are basically tofu katsu enjoyed with homemade teriyaki sauce.Served over steamed short grain rice, some chopped lettuce, and togarashi.
4.Tofu katsu curry
This homemade vegan tofu katsu curry will cure all your takeaway cravings, and leave you wanting more! With crispy panko breaded tofu in a creamy carrot based curry sauce.
- Japanese cuisine culture really makes visitors want to visit the country is called “the land of blossom” to enjoy.It is also remiss if anyone visits Japan without enjoying this country’s cuisine. So if you have the opportunity to visit this country, make sure that you will enjoy the dishes that create a unique feature for the cuisine culture here,especillay vegan crispy tofu katsu i introduced you above.