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Tofu Patty ‘Gandmodoki’ with Daikon Sauce and Soba Noodles

Inspired by Shojin Ryori, a type of food served in Japanese temples – this delicious vegetarian patty goes superbly well with soba noodles in a kombu and tsuyu sauce.  

Method (serves 2)

Dashi Stock
• Wipe the Kombu with a cloth. The Kombu shouldn’t be washed, only wiped clean.
• Rinse the Shiitake mushrooms. Put 1 litre of water in a pan and soak the Kombu and mushrooms for at least 30 minutes. Don’t drain or throw away the liquid, this will become the dashi stock.
• Squeeze out the mushrooms that have been soaking. Remove them from the water. Set them to one side. Leave the kombu in the water.
• Heat the water up on a medium heat. As the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and take out the Kombu.
Tsuyu Sauce
• Put the soy sauce, mirin and dashi into a pan and bring to a boil.
• When it starts boiling, remove from the heat.
• Pour the sauce into a sauce plate
• Grate the daikon and set to one side.
Tofu Patties
• Soak the hijiki in a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes.
• Wrap the tofu in kitchen paper and gently squeeze to remove the excess water.
• Do the same for the shiitake mushrooms reserved from making the dashi. Slice them thinly.
• Strain the soaked hijiki, ready for use.
• Chop the carrots into small matchstick size pieces.
• Add the carrots, hijiki, mushrooms and edamame together in a bowl.
• To this mixture, add a beaten egg, flour, miso, soy sauce, mirin, sesame seeds. Mix together by hand to bind the ingredients together.
• Form the combined mixture into small patties. This recipe will make around 8.
• Heat up the oil in a deep frying pan and shallow fry the patties for 3 minutes each, or until golden brown. Remove once ready to a plate with a paper towel.
Soba Noodles
• Bring a big pot of water to the boil. Add in the soba noodles, cook for 4-5 minutes
• When ready, drain the water and rinse them under cold water to stop them from cooking further. Leave them to one side in the colander.
Plating and Serving
• Place the noodles into a serving bowl. Top with a heaped tablespoon of the grated Daikon from the Tsuyu sauce and 3-4 Ganmodoki patties.
• Then pour over the Tsuyu sauce first, using around 2-3 tablespoons per bowl. Top up the bowl with a portion of the stock, to make a light soup.
• Serve with Japanese seven spice powder, chopped chives and toasted sesame seeds.


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Dashi (Stock)
• 600ml Water
• 5g Kombu, dried, 2-3 pieces
• 2-3 Shiitake mushrooms, dried
• Alternatively use a Dashi stock or powder
Tsuyu Sauce
• 40ml Soy sauce
• 40ml Mirin
• 100ml Dashi
• 10cm Daikon, grated
Tofu Patties
• 300g Firm tofu
• 50g Carrots
• 1tbsp Dried hijiki
• 40g Edamame
• 1 Egg
• 2-3 Shiitake mushrooms (from the dashi)
• 2 tbsp Cornflour or cassava flour
• 1½ tbsp White miso
• 1tsp Soy sauce
• 1tsp Mirin
• 1tbsp Toasted sesame seeds
• 500ml Vegetable oil
• 150g Soba noodles, dried
• 1tbsp Chives, chopped
• Seven spice powder, Nanami Togarashi
• Toasted sesame seeds

Yuki's Tip

• Daikon Alternative: small red radishes
• Add a little more white miso if you prefer a stronger flavour.
• Soak the shiitake mushrooms and kombu for up to 2 days in advance in the fridge, for a more developed flavour.
• Check the packet instructions for the Soba noodle cooking time.


Recipe created by Yuki Gomi in conjuction with Yakult 

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