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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
1

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

2

Break apart 3.5 oz enoki mushrooms and rinse thoroughly.

enoki mushrooms

3

Heat two teaspoons of sesame oil on a pan.

sesame oil on heating on a pan

4

Sauté the sliced mushrooms for 2 minutes.

sautéing sliced button mushrooms

5

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

6

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

corn starch in water

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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