Here is another recipe for my vegan (I’m not) friends which has the advantage and possibility of being served hot or cold!
It is also fulfilling and so healthy!
The recipe on Wikipedia indicates the use of egg-white but this is a very common vegan version!
Kikurage mushroom（Auricularia auricula-judae, known as the Jew’s ear, wood ear, jelly ear）
Use fairly solid tofu and press out as much water as possible.
Put tofu inside a mortar (preferably use the Japanese-style “suribachi/すり鉢 mortar and pestle).
Add cornstarch and salt according to your preference and grind to a paste.
Cut the kikurage into fine strips and then cut across into 1~2 cm-long strips.
If using dried kikurage soften it first in lukewarm water (sponge off excess water then).
Cut carrot and burdock into fine strips and cut acroos into strips of the same length as kikurage.
Incorporate vegetables to tofu and mix well.
Apply oil to your palms first.
Make balls the size indicated in above picture.
Of course you can choose to make small round balls or spoon-shaped patties.
Deep-fry in oil at 170 degrees Celsius until balls have attained a nice light fox brown color.
Serve them hot or cold.
My personal preference is serving them seasoned with grated fresh daikon and soy sauce!
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3 thoughts on “Japanese Vegan Recipe: Deep-fried Tofu & Vegetables Balls-Ganmodoki-がんもどき”
Thank you that was wonderful
This is something new to me. It’s almost like vegetable tempura with a “tofu batter”. I really have to give it try. Thanks for sharing it.
You are most welcome!
Very healthy and tasty!