The Heart Knows

Asian Tofu Burger

When I was in Japan May last year, one of the highlight of my trip was eating the Tofu Burger at Freshness Burger, a Japanese fast food chain. Ever since then, nothing taste as good. In my book, there was no comparison. It wasn’t until now where tofu is easily within grasp that I can “re-create” the dish.

I won’t even try claiming this is close to the real deal, because probably it isn’t. But I’ll just say this.. this burger fills the void whenever I look back with fond memory. I don’t have photos to show and tell, but whenever I make this, my heart knows.

Asian Tofu Burger

ASIAN TOFU BURGER
makes 2 burgers

125 gr medium to firm tofu, sliced in two
ripe avocado, sliced
tomato, sliced
salad or lettuces
2 burger sandwich

tofu marinade
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp mirin (or rice vinegar)
1/2 tsp sugar
2 cm ginger, pounded
1 clove garlic, pounded

  • With pestle and mortar, pound the ginger and garlic to make a paste. Add the sugar and pound a little bit more. Add in the soya sauce & the mirin, mix well. Taste and adjust, if needed.
  • Put the sliced tofu into a ziplock and pour in the marinade. Marinate the tofu for at least 30 mins. Do not throw away the marinade, you can boil this a few minutes to make it a slightly thicker sauce for your burger, to garnish your salad.
  • In a non stick pan, add a little oil and pan fry the tofu 2-3 mins each side until they get a nice colour.
  • In the meanwhile, toast the sandwich.
  • To assemble, gently lay the sliced avocado, the cooked tofu, (optional) garnish with tofu marinade, top with tomato & lettuces. Garnish with more tofu marinade if you wish.
  • Serve immediately. And try to pace yourself.

Note: Once I tried marinating the tofu overnight. It turned dark. It doesn’t taste any different. The outward appearance is just less appealing, that’s all.

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