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Mabo dofu plus…natto!

I’ve written about mabo dofu (that is, spicy tofu, also transliterated as mapo doufu) before, because it’s so darn tasty. The origins are Szechwanese, but it’s a very popular dish in Japan. This version was extra-special, though, based on a recipe that Yusuke happened upon recently. Traditional mabo dofu is supposed to have ground pork, or […]

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Mabo dofu

Spicy tofu! So yummy. It’s difficult to manage the spice balance (i.e., overboard is bad), but of course Yusuke is a pro. It’s been a while since I posted this, so here is a repeat of the recipe: Ingredients (measurements are approximate): 1/4 tsp minced ginger 1/4 tsp minced garlic 1 tbsp oyster sauce 2 […]

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Mabo dofu, leek style

This was a variation on mabo dofu, or spicy tofu, which Yusuke makes in a Japanified form of the Szechuanese dish. He usually uses silken tofu, but opted for firm here. He also decided that he needed to use up our remaining bean sprouts, a welcome addition indeed. Finally, the dish was deemed to be […]

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100 Japanese foods

The “100 foods to try” meme is showing up on Facebook again, and since it’s not relevant to my eating preferences, I’m posting Just Hungry’s 100 Japanese Foods to Try instead. Some of these I won’t get to try unless we live/travel more in Japan, but I’ll keep up hope! I’ve bolded the foods I’ve […]

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Spicy tofu

Spicy tofu—or more properly, mabo dofu (or mapo doufu or mala tofu or 麻婆豆腐 or any combination therein)—is a Szechuanese dish that is extremely popular in Japan. I think Yusuke’s Japanese version isn’t as extreme vis-à-vis spiciness, but it rates favourably on my spicy meter. I could eat mabo dofu and rice every day. Our […]

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