About Fried tofu

Fried tofu”Abura-age” was created about 500 years ago. It is said that Japanese monks created it as a substitute for meat. Since the killing of animals was prohibited in Buddhism, meat could not be eaten. Under such circumstances, “tofu” was eaten as a substitute for meat.  however, it had a high water content and was far from being a substitute for meat.

What kind of ingredients?

Fried tofu “Abura-age” is tofu that has been cut into thin slices, drained of water, and fried in oil. Unlike regular tofu, there is tofu for Abura-age, which is made to be fluffy and soft. It is believed to have been introduced to Japan from China in the 800s AD.

How is it cooked in Japan?

I often use oil-removal for fried tofu, no matter what kind of dish I make. It is lightly boiled in hot water to remove the oil before use. This is because it makes it easier for the flavor to soak in and prevents the fried tofu from shrinking. After doing so, it is used for Inarizushi ,oden and more.

Where is it sold?

Tofu seems to be growing in popularity among vegans overseas. Fried tofu is also sold in some supermarkets because of its versatility. However, there are tofu and deep-fried tofu products, so be sure to call to make sure they are available. In case you are interested, I’ve included a reference site.


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