Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tofu Hambaagu

tofu hamburger

A few years ago, during the New Year Holiday, my mother-in-law gave me a cookbook. I'm not entirely sure why, maybe because she didn't need it? Anyway, there are a lot of dishes in it, mainly Japanese, and I've made quite a few tasty things from it, namely the tofu hambaagu.

In Japan, the 'hambaagu' is basically a Salisbury steak. When I first came to Japan, I couldn't stand all the sauces on the meat here (especially steak, what is up with that??) and even now I try to avoid it as much as possible, whenever I order hambaagu in a restaurant. In our house, we usually use ketchup to flavor our tofu hambaagu, though this recipe gives a recipe for a sauce (mix 4 tablespoons of ketchup with 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce).

If you don't like tofu, don't worry. This recipe has meat in it (sorry vegetarians) which really tones down the tofu flavor.

Tofu hambaagu

1 block momen (firm) tofu
200 grams ground meat (I use chicken because it turns white when cooked)
1/2 onion
1-2 Tbsp. oil
1 egg
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (I have used uncooked oatmeal occasionally)
1/2 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp. pepper

Drain tofu by wrapping it in a towel and putting something heavy on top; let it drain for twenty minutes (like in champuru). Mince the onion, then saute it in the oil until it is soft. Allow the onion to cool. In a large bowl, mix the drained tofu, cooked onion, ground meat, egg, panko, salt and pepper. Mold into patties (I usually make four good-sized patties, then make the rest into small ones for bentos.) Heat oil in a frying pan and fry hambaagu, lightly browning on each side, over med-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Remove cover, increase heat and cook off water. Serve with ketchup or hambaagu sauce.


Kadhine said...

Oooh! Sounds Yummy!

King of New York Hacks said...

I'd eat it. Nice blof, good recipe, OK, yay i'm the first follower !!!! NOW LEAD THE WAY !!!!

King of New York Hacks said...

blog that is not blof. Is blof a dish in Japan? lol

Chocolate Teapot said...

I can't wait to try this! Joyfull used to serve a Tofu Hambaagu Teishoku and it was my favorite thing to eat there. Yum!!

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