When my roommate was living with me she often made this for me, and the other night I had a craving for it. So I decided to attempt it myself. I went a little red pepper happy but other than that it was perfect. I made it with what I had on hand and that was spinach. My friend made it with spinach and bok choy before. I believe usually it’s made with green onions or scallions on top.
To make this I first bought firm (もめん）tofu. Then I put it in a strainer that was sitting on top of a bowl so the liquid can drain out. To help that along I put paper towels then two heavy bowls on top to press the water out.
Next is to slice the tofu and set the pieces on paper towels. In a pan I put some oil and let it get hot and pan seared the tofu on both sides for about 4min each. Then I removed the tofu onto a plate. TIP: the more water left in the tofu the longer it will take to get a good sear on it.
I sautéed some spinach then added a few spoonfuls of sauce for flavor. (I’ll write the recipe for the sauce at the bottom.) Then I removed these onto a plate.
Once you have cooked the spinach and removed it. Add the tofu back in and dump in the sauce. Let it simmer and soak in all the flavorings. If the sauce reduces all the better.
To plate it up I just put the rice first, then spinach, then the tofu and TADA! A simple yummy meal.
3 tbs of water
3 tbs of soy sauce
1 tbs of sesame oil
2-3 tsp of brown sugar
2-3 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tbs of sesame seeds
minced garlic (i love garlic so i added way more than 2 cloves)
I like to double the recipe because I’m one of those people who love sauce.