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      Ankake Tofu with Mushrooms and Carrots (あんかけ豆腐)

      Ankake tofu is currently my favorite way to prepare tofu and for good reason! It’s easy to throw together and tastes amazing, perfect for a quick lunch or plant-based dinner idea. 

      What is ankake?

      Ankake is a thick, savory dashi sauce typically containing dashi stock, soy sauce and sugar. Additional ingredients like rice vinegar or mirin may be added to enhance flavor. 

      This sauce is often poured on top of protein dishes like tofu, eggs or meat or starchy foods like noodles or rice. Ankake dishes can be a side dish or main dish depending on what it’s served with.

      Ankake is popular in Japanese cooking, especially with dishes like ankake yakisoba and ankake udon. The sauce is incredibly versatile and pairs great with so many dishes. 

      Ingredients for Ankake Tofu

      Before making this recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients you need. All of the ingredients are listed down below next to possible alternatives. For the best results, I recommend sticking to the original ingredients.

      IngredientsSubstitutions
      Firm tofu, cut into slicesAny other variety of tofu, tempeh, seitan
      Shiitake mushrooms, cut into thin stripsShimeji mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, baby bella mushrooms, white mushrooms
      Carrots, cut into thin stripsAny other vegetable
      Dashi stockVegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock
      Soy sauce, low sodiumRegular soy sauce, tamari, liquid aminos, coconut aminos
      MirinRice vinegar & sugar
      White sugarBrown sugar, honey, maple syrup
      Corn starchPotato starch, arrowroot starch
      Cooking oil (of choice)Canola oil, vegetable oil, avocado oil, olive oil

      Other vegetables you can add to this dish include red pepper, green pepper, snow peas, edamame, onion, eggplant, zucchini or any leafy greens. 

      Where to buy

      Most of these ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store. Some ingredients, like dashi stock and mirin, may be difficult to find. I recommend trying your local Asian grocery store.

      If you can’t find all the ingredients at your local grocery store or Asian grocery store, you can try online from websites like Weee! and Umamicart

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      How to make Ankake Tofu

      In a frying pan over medium heat, add the cooking oil. Once hot, add the tofu slices. Fry on either side until both are crispy and golden brown. Set the tofu aside.

      In the same frying pan, add the sliced mushrooms and carrots. Stir fry until softened.

      While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the dashi sauce. Combine the dashi broth, soy sauce, sugar and mirin. 

      In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with equal parts water and stir until dissolved. Add the cornstarch slurry to the dashi mixture and mix together.

      Until the vegetables are softened, add the dashi sauce. Cook over medium heat until bubbling and thick. Remove from the heat and pour the ankake sauce over the tofu.

      Enjoy your ankake tofu on top of rice or noodles. 

      How to store leftovers

      If you have any leftovers, store in an airtight container and enjoy within 2-3 days. Ideally, store the tofu in a separate container from the sauce. This will ensure the tofu doesn’t get soft and mushy.

      Along with this, you can use the ankake sauce in other dishes. Pour it over noodles or rice if you want a carb-y meal or pour over other sources of protein like scrambled eggs or pan-fried fish.

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      Other varieties

      There are a few varieties of ankake that don’t include tofu. A few of the varieties have been listed earlier in this blog post, but here are the most popular ones:

      • Ankake Spaghetti: Spaghetti noodles served with ankake sauce. Often topped with vegetables and meat or seafood.
      • Ankake Yakisoba: Stir-fried noodles with ankake sauce. Commonly mixed with vegetables, meat, and sometimes seafood.
      • Ankake Udon: Thick wheat noodles served in ankake broth. Usually accompanied by various toppings such as green onions, tempura, and kamaboko.
      • Ankake Omelettes: Fluffy omelettes filled with a mixture of ingredients like vegetables, meat, and seafood, and topped with ankake sauce.
      • Ankake Donburi: A rice bowl dish topped with a variety of ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and eggs, all covered in ankake sauce.

      All of these dishes are delicious, so be sure to try them out, especially if you enjoyed this ankake tofu. If you try the recipe out, please leave a comment down below to let me know how you liked it.

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      Ankake Tofu with Mushrooms and Carrots (あんかけ豆腐)

      This dish is easy to throw together and tastes amazing, perfect for a quick lunch or plant-based dinner idea.
      Prep Time 5 minutes
      Cook Time 15 minutes
      Total Time 18 minutes
      Course Main Course
      Cuisine Japanese
      Servings 2 servings

      Ingredients
        

      • 1 block firm tofu
      • 1 tbsp cooking oil of choice
      • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced
      • 1/2 carrot thinly sliced
      • 1 cup dashi stock
      • 2 tbsp soy sauce
      • 1 tbsp mirin
      • 1/2 tbsp white sugar
      • 1 tbsp cornstarch

      Instructions
       

      • In a frying pan over medium heat, add the cooking oil. Once hot, add the tofu slices. Fry on either side until both are crispy and golden brown. Set the tofu aside.
      • In the same frying pan, add the sliced mushrooms and carrots. Stir fry until softened.
      • While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the dashi sauce. Combine the dashi broth, soy sauce, sugar and mirin.
      • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with equal parts water and stir until dissolved. Add the cornstarch slurry to the dashi mixture and mix together.
      • Until the vegetables are softened, add the dashi sauce. Cook over medium heat until bubbling and thick. Remove from the heat and pour the ankake sauce over the tofu.
      • Enjoy your ankake tofu on top of rice or noodles.

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