Monday, February 09, 2009

White Fermented Beancurd Soup

There was a post on Zen in Moonpointer and it led to the talk of Shojin Ryori Cuisine! After viewing the beautiful photos of this cuisine at Moonpointer, I was real hungry! I wanted Shojin Ryori Cuisine!
So I decide to make something like what was in the Photo – White Miso Soup with Tofu (I think). Well, I don’t have white miso at that moment, so what I did was to replace it with white fermented beancurd and added wakame seaweed instead of using kelps, for a real quick one.

Ok, you may ask what is Shojin Ryori Cuisine? Well, Shojin Ryori Cuisine is a Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine (Vegan, in fact) which originated in Zen Temples around 13th century in Japan. Now, it is rarely found even in Japan but if you want to have to experience what Zen Food is like , there is one and only one place in Singapore that serves this cuisine - Enso Kitchen, which isn’t a restaurant nor temple but a mobile food ‘experience’. They make use of the premises of a resident restaurant which is closed on Sunday to serve lunch. I guess you need reservation and check their website for more info.

Preparation: 3 mins, Cooking time: 5 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 1 teaspoon wakame seaweed
° 1 slice ginger
° 3 cubes preserved tofu or white fermented beancurd, mashed
° 500ml water
° few roasted sesame seeds
° ¼ teaspoon freshly chopped spring onion or fresh coriander leave(optional)

Method

1. Place the ginger, wakame seaweed, water in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Stir in the mashed preserved tofu and add it. Mix well.
3. Transfer to a bowl. Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions or coriander leave.
4. Serve hot.

5 comments:

moonpointer said...

Hi Crystal, it wasn't miso. It was Yudofu at Ryoanji Yudofuya. Here're some details to share: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/kyoto/D38856.html (It's vegan!)

Virginie Péan said...

I don't know what is the fermented tofu. Is it the Stinky Tofu ?
I've just published the second part of your interview : http://absolutegreen.blogspot.com/2009/02/5-plats-majeurs-en-cuisine-chinoise.html

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

Thanks moonpointer. it is first time I heard of Yudofu (boiled silken tofu), something to explore ... the light went on ... :)

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

Thank you so much Virginie Pean, so nice of you.

Fermented tofu isn't stinky tofu, a kind of preserved tofu which we can't just eat like this (very salty). It can be used for stir-fry or to go with rice congee. Next round when you are in Spore and happened to be in the supermarket (any), you can easily find a bottle of on the shelf.

I have a picture of it at
http://crystalbyblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/quick-instant-udon.html

The Rock and Roll Salad served in LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant, from tasting I guess the it salad sauce is the mixture of the red fremented tofu and some other ingredients.

Cheers :)

Virginie P. said...

Interesting, thanks. I may have tasted it without knowing it. Not in the LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant though, as I don't remember having eaten this salad. For next time I wish. Cheers :)

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