1 hr 20 mins
Deep fried tofu, or abura-age, is used in soups, one pot cookery, noodle dishes, and in many other ways. It can also be delicious all by itself as a topping on a bowl of rice (domburi). Deep fried tofu can be purchased at most Asian food stores, but it is easily made at home, and all that you'll need is a wok for the deep frying and a colander for rinsing and draining. Deep fried until crisp and golden brown on the outside, abura-aga is amazingly white and soft on the inside! Preparation time includes pressing time.
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- 1 (250 g) package of regular firm tofu
- 600 ml vegetable oil
- 1Remove the excess moisture from the block of tofu by wrapping it in a clean towel and placing it between 2 cutting boards, let stand for an hour or two.
- 2Now cut the tofu block into triangle shapes, about two inches long.
- 3Pour the oil into the wok and heat, when you dip a chopstick into the heated oil and bubbles rise from it the oil is ready for use.
- 4If the oil smokes it is too hot.
- 5Using the wok's spatula, slide the tofu triangles one at a time into the hot oil.
- 6Fry on both sides until golden brown.
- 7Scoop the triangles out of the wok and allow them to drain on the wok's draining grill (or place on paper towels).
- 8Once the triangles are drained and cool, it's a good idea to give them a second deep frying.
- 9This deepens their golden color and makes them nice and crisp.
- 10Place once again on the grill to drain and cool.
- 11The final step requires that you place the fried tofu triangles in a colander and run very hot water over them. I put the colander in the sink and allow the hot water from the faucet to run over the tofu, while I simultaneously pour boiling water from a pot over the triangles. This hot water bath completely leeches all remnants of oil from the tofu, resulting in tofu that you would never imagine as having been deep fried.
- 12Pat dry the tofu and serve with rice or noodles and a little shoyu, or use the fried tofu in another recipe.
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Nutritional Facts for Abura - Age (Deep Fried Tofu)
Serving Size: 1 (419 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 2422.7
- Calories from Fat 2413
- Total Fat 268.1 g
- Saturated Fat 35.2 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 18.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 2.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
- Sugars 0.9 g
- Protein 12.9 g