A year or two ago, after becoming suddenly engrossed in an episode of Marja and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Kimchi Chronicles, I got way more into tofu. It turns out most Asian restaurants go impressively far beyond the vegetarian-bistro-norm with tofu seasonings, textures, and accompanying vegetables.
My favorite example of this is the Spicy Ginger Tofu (pictured above) from Umi Sake House in Seattle’s Belltown. (It’s also available at Umi’s sister restaurant in Capitol Hill, Momiji.) I can’t overstate the satisfaction of slurping up a fragrant combination of fried-but-pillowy tofu, spicy ginger-chili sauce, and sauteed vegetables.
Luckily, I don’t have to choose between this dish and Little Uncle’s noodle-less pad Thai–they’re each spicy and exciting in their own unique way.
After making these small, delicious discoveries I can’t help but wonder what else is out there. Dearest reader(s), what’s your absolute favorite, mouth-watering, can’t-believe-this-is-tofu tofu dish? 🙂