April 17, 2017

Atsuage and Namaage/厚揚げ、生揚げ

Atsuage is deep-fried tofu, and I like atsuage very much. Atsuage is also called namaage. I first learned the term namaage from my father, and I googled to find that the term atsuage is mainly used in Kansai (Western Japan) and the term namaage is mainly used in Kanto (Eastern Japan).
The photo below shows a product sold as namaage.
I first cut it into manageable sizes and then microwave it for a few minutes.
I then sprinkle chopped naganegi and katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings).
I usually pour some mentsuyu (noodle soup) concentrate, but this time, I poured some olive oil and soy sauce.
I could live on rice and this and other soy products (tofu, natto, etc.) alone for the rest of my life!


ErinBear said...

I love soy products, too! I eat tofu every day. It is so delicious! :-)

Thinking of you and sending best wishes from California,

Hiroyuki said...

ErinBear: Thank you for your kind words. Living with my parents (88 and 83) can sometimes be tough...

I always remember this particular episode (episode 5, season 1) of Shinya Shokudo when I have this simple atsuage dish:
The same dish appears at around 4:50.