May 18, 2012


One thing I didn't know about aburaage is that there is a bigger aburaage than Tochio aburage.
Tochio aburage is approx. 20 cm in length, 6 cm in width, and 3 cm in height, and is 3 times bigger than normal aburaage, while aburaage in Fukui prefecture is approx. 14 cm square and 4 cm in height, and is 5 times bigger than normal.
I didn't know either that the aroma of aburaage contains more than 200 components, such as those in yogurt, cucumbers, button mushrooms, nuts, and even moss.
These and other impressive facts I learned from the May 16 edition (Japanese only) of Tameshite Gatten, a famous TV program on NHK.

The program introduced an interesting recipe for making regular-size aburaage feel and taste like the large-size aburaage in Fukui prefecture:
Cut each aburaage into three parts, large, middle, and small.
Put the small part in the middle part, and put the middle part in the large part.  That's all.
栃尾の油揚げは長さ約20 cm、幅6 cm、高さ3 cmで、通常の油揚げの3倍の大きさですが、福井県の油揚げは約14 cm四方で、高さは4 cm、通常の5倍の大きさです。


I applied this recipe today.
First, I combined 600 ml water, 1 tsp instant dashi, 75 ml soy sauce, and 75 ml mirin in a pot, brought to a boil, poached four eggs one at time, and simmered them for 4 minutes.  (This is not part of the recipe.)
まず、水を600 ml、出汁の素を小さじ1、しょう油を75 ml、みりんを75 ml、鍋に入れ、沸騰させ、卵を1個ずつ、4個入れ、4分煮ました(これはレシピの一部ではありません)。

Now, according to the recipe, I cut four aburaage into three parts, large, middle, and small.

Put each small part in the middle part,

and put each middle part in the large part.

I transferred each egg into a separate bowl.

I put all aburaage into the pot and simmered for a few minutes.

I transferred the aburaage into the bowl.

After one bite:

The egg was rather hard.

I have never tasted Fukui aburaage, so I can't say if this recipe can really make regular-size aburaage feel and taste like Fukui aburaage, but the resultant dish was tasty.


Sissi said...

You will not believe me, but I have never tasted aburaage. It is available here (frozen or in a kind of liquid in a plastic bag), but somehow I never have to courage to make it.
I have never tried it in a restaurant either (they sell it in one of the Japanese fast food shops here stuffed with rice).
Your photos really make me hungry and I can imagine it tastes fantastic! Especially with eggs (anything tastes better with eggs).

Fräulein Trude said...

Here they sell the smaller type of Aburaage but it always tastes very good (usually I put rice and something in it or just cut it into stripes for the soup). Aburaage filled with Aburaage, soaked in a nice soup broth, seems to be yummy too - definitely.

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi and Kiki: I also learned from the TV program that there are 300 different dishes using aburaage in Fukui prefecture, including pizza and shiraae (aemono usually made with tofu). You can also use aburaage instead of croutons.

Sissi, I hope you try inari zushi 稲荷寿司(aburaage stuffed with vinegared rice) and other aburaage dishes some day!