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sweet miso tofu & salad with sesame dressing

This recipe was inspired by vegan yumyum’s smokey miso tofu, I omitted the liquid smoke, because I don’t have any. I could have use smoked paprika, but I’m afraid it will ruin the whole batch of the delicate miso sauce. I also use white miso instead of red, I found red miso taste too strong, although it’s good for soup, but not so much for sauces and dressings. By the way,does anyone knows where to get liquid smoke in Melbourne?

On the side, we had green salad (cucumber, tomato, blanched broccoli) tossed with sesame dressing and dry roasted sesame seeds.

  • tofu with sweet miso sauce :
  • half block of tofu (300g)
  • mix together :
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 2 tbsp mirin / white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp hot water

preheat the oven 180C and sliced tofu 1/2 cm thick (I got 10 thin slices out of 300 g), arrange on baking tray lined with tin foil or silicone baking mat (I should get one of those)

brush both sides of tofu with miso, let it sit for 10 minutes

brush top sides, bake for 30 min, the sauce should appear darker and dry, and the tofu slices darkened around the edges.

sesame dressing (for the salad) :

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, dry roasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce (depends on the type of soy sauce you have, some are saltier than others)
  • 1 tsp sugar

for drinks, soda milk :

….and this is our current favourite summer drink, milk soda. 1tbsp condensed milk topped with soda water and ice cubes. Creamy and fizzy!

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Don Don, 321 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000 – (03) 9662 3377

Today was a really warm and humid day, felt like summer is coming to Melbourne 🙂  After finished my clinic class, I felt like something cold and fresh, and quick.. cause I was starved to death… I was meant to eat at CJs lunch takeaway @ hardware lane (the laneway that runs between Lt Lonsdale and Lonsdale St), but unfortunately, they didn’t serve lunch special after 2.30 pm. So I decided to head to Dondon. They don’t have a long list of menu, but they always packed, esecially during lunch hours. The service was really fast.. I mean REALLY FAST!! I’ve got my food before I’ve even finish collecting my change!

I ordered a bowl of soba salad (I think it was $7.20 or 7.40?). Although they call it salad, it was pretty much a meal for me. The soba served with tofu, inari (sweet tofu), seaweed, mixed leaves, and some vegies (broccoli and tomato), and strangely, I’ve got a tiny piece of watermelon as well. The soba were served with sesame oil and soy sauce cold dressing (In the picture, you won’t be able to see the soba, it was covered with mountain of vegies). It was a perfect lunch for summer-y day. I wish I get more of the miso paste smeared on top of the tofu though. But, overall, it was a nice, quick, and cheap lunch.

Oh yeah, beware of the pigeons if you’re sitting outside, they won’t hesitate attacking your meal. The girl who sat next to me was a victim.

 

soba salad

I don’t have a specific measurement for this recipe, this is sort of a -last minute-use what in the cupboard -type of recipe. I packed this for lunch today so I don’t have buy take outs. Soba noodles usually packed in three individual serves, in this recipe, I used 1 serve of noodle. I served it with leftover standard stir fry vegies from dinner. You can tell it’s a leftover from the colour of the broccoli, they look a bit overcooked and tired, and already lost it’s vibrant green colour 🙂

Ingredients :

  • 1 serve soba noodles
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Japanese red chilli powder  (nanami togarashi)
  • 2 tbsp water to thin out the dressing

cook soba for 3 min. or according to the package instruction, drain, and rinse with cold water. if you have time, it will be better to chill the noodle in the fridge to stop the cooking process or to dump the noodle in iced water. Overcooked noodle will clumps and mushy. (I got this tip from my husband, he’s working in a fast food Japanese restaurant).

mix the dressing ingredient until smooth, taste, and add some more if you feel like it.

drizzle the dressing to the noodle, mix, and sprinkle a little chilli powder (optional)

I imagine this dressing will be better with grated ginger, but I was in a rush, and didn’t really have time to grate a ginger (yet, I still have time to take picture of the noodle..).