Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tomato-Avocado-Egg/Tofu Thingy

I don't know if this is a side or a salad or if it's a Western thing or an Asian thing. All I know is that it's FUCKING DELICIOUS and I learned it from this old Chinese lady in California during meditation camp. I guess it technically falls under the umbrella of 涼拌菜 or cold mixed dish/vegetables, since it's not cooked.

Usually it is made with medium-soft tofu, but I like it with tamagoyaki (sweet Japanese egg omelet). I've given two ways to make it, since my version is quite different ^^;

Tomato-Avocado-Egg/Tofu Thingy
For 1 serving

1 tomato, roughly diced
1/2 avocado, roughly diced
1/8 block medium or soft tofu, roughly diced
or
1-egg tamagoyaki (see instructions below)
~ 1T. Soy paste (Kimlan is best!)
Couple drops sesame oil

Traditional Method
1. Put it all in a bowl.
2. Pour the soy paste on top and sprinkle with sesame oil.
3. Mix.
4. Eat, with rice.

Kitti Method
1. Put the tomatoes in a lidded container that is big enough to hold everything.
2. Pour the soy paste on top and sprinkle with sesame oil. Let it sit for 2-3 hours, or overnight in the fridge.
3. Add the avocado and tamagoyaki.
4. Eat, with rice.

For bento, you can mix it all up beforehand and let it marinate 'til lunch, but I like to bring my avocado half and tamagoyaki saran-wrapped and cut them into the tomato using my spoon so that it's freshly mixed. It's really all up to personal taste.

Tamagoyaki
1 egg
bit of cooking wine or sake
bit more of mirin
pinch sugar
drop soy sauce

1. Preheat a small nonstick skillet on medium. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
2. When a pat of butter in the skillet bubbles but doesn't brown, pour enough mix into the skillet to just cover the bottom.
3. Using chopsticks, wrap the egg up into little square burrito once it is firm enough to handle, but the top is still slightly gooey (the heat of the egg will continue to cook it; don't worry).
4. Add the rest of the mix, lifting your little eggy burrito so that the liquid egg can get under it.
5. Wrap the egg sheet around the little burrito.
6. Cool on a pair of chopsticks (or just on a plate, chopsticks cool it faster)
7. For bento, wrap in saran wrap and bring it to school (or put it on top of rice or whatever). Otherwise, eat it straightaway! OM NOM NOM NOM SO DELICIOUS.

Happy Eating!

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