Vegan Tofu no Ankake (豆腐の餡掛け,Tofu in Thick Sauce)

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Vegan Tofu no Ankake in Thick Sauce
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 3.50 oz enoki mushrooms
 8 oz additional mushrooms (any kind)
 2 tsp sesame oil
 2 cups shiitake stock (椎茸のだし, shiitake no dashi)
 2 tbsp soy sauce
 4 tbsp corn starch
 1 block of medium-soft tofu

Slice 8 oz of mushrooms of your choice into bite-sized pieces. Since you’ll be using a shiitake stock, even an inexpensive mushroom will take on a very rich flavor in this dish.

slicing mushrooms for vegan tofu Ankake


Break apart 3.5 oz enoki mushrooms and rinse thoroughly.

enoki mushrooms


Heat two teaspoons of sesame oil on a pan.

sesame oil on heating on a pan


Sauté the sliced mushrooms for 2 minutes.

sautéing sliced button mushrooms


To the sautéing mushrooms, add two tablespoons of soy sauce, the enoki mushroom clumps, and two cups of shiitake stock. Shiitake stock can be purchased, or made in batches to freeze at home. Follow this shiitake dashi recipe to create it.

Bring this pan to a simmer and cover. Cover and simmer for five minutes.

simmering enoki mushrooms, button mushrooms, and shiitake stock for vegan tofu ankake


Whisk 4 tablespoons of corn starch in just enough water to dissolve it.

corn starch in water


Slowly stir the corn starch mixture into the simmering pan to thicken the An Sauce. Keep the completed sauce warm.

an sauce for vegan tofu ankake


Chop a block of medium-soft tofu into four large pieces. Each should be about the size of a pudding cup.

chop a block of tofu in four pieces


Use a ladle to gently drop the tofu blocks into boiling water. Each block should be intact in the final dish. Lower the heat and simmer for three minutes. When you remove them from the water, they will have a bouncier texture that is pleasant to cut into.

boiling tofu blocks


Gently remove the tofu blocks from the water and place them on a paper towel. Pat dry with a second paper towel.

patting large tofu dry for vegan tofu ankake


Place each tofu block on an individual plate or bowl, to be eaten separately. Ladle some of the warm An Sauce on each block, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

finished vegan tofu ankake

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