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Hot Japanese Tofu – Yudofu

It seems tofu gets a bad rap in the low-carb/keto community and I’m not exactly sure why!  It’s a staple in many Japanese (and Asian) cuisines, has very little carbs, is a great source of protein and also contains prebiotic fiber!  You know, the good bacteria in your digestive system that keeps things in check.

Furthermore, recent studies have seemed to debunk the whole isoflavones causing conflicts with estrogen discussion.  So there really shouldn’t be any reason not to enjoy this Asian staple more often!

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Also, if you use organic tofu, it negates most of the ‘negative’ claims made about the product.  So like my mom always said, eat more tofu with dishes like the Hot Japanese Tofu – Yudofu!

In traditional Japanese cuisines, there are 2 main ways to prepare tofu depending on the seasons – as you probably guessed, hot and cold!

Since it’s the winter time right now, this is the one we’ll share with everyone today here on LCA.  This classic dish is pretty easy to prepare, full of flavors, and will definitely keep that tummy warm!

The cold version is pretty much the same steps, but you just stick it in the fridge for a couple of minutes and let it cool down before serving.

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Either way, you can’t go wrong with tofu soaked in Japanese flavors of citrus soy umami accompanied with umeboshi and a ginger fire finish!

So to start, we prepare the tofu by simply boiling in hot water for about 5 minutes.  In the meantime, we need to prepare all the toppings and the sauce, which just consists of concentrated Dashi / Ponzu mix.  Once everything is done, you just top each tofu with your selected toppings and pour the sauce over.  That’s it!

All this at a very low-carb/keto friendly ~1g net carb and over 5g of protein per serving!  Not too shabby if you ask me!

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For this one, the special ingredients you will need are Soft Tofu, Bonito Flakes, Ponzu, and umeboshi.  You can pick up everything at a local Asian supermarket or everything aside from the umeboshi on Amazon.  On Amazon, you can use the paste version of the umeboshi, which would substitute fine for this dish.

Now, let’s get started!

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Cook Time 10M

Total Time 15M

Net Carb/Serv ~1g

Servings 2

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) In a stove top pot, fill enough water to cover the tofu.  Bring to a boil on high.

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3) In another stove top pot, add 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp of Bonito Flakes.  Bring to boil on high heat.  Once boiling, remove from heat and let it steep for at least 5 minutes.

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4) While waiting for water to boil, cut Soft Tofu into desired size cubes.

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5) Grate ginger with a grater and set aside.

6) De-pit umeboshi, finely dice and set aside.

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7) Finely chop green onions and set aside.

8) Once water is boiling from step 2), carefully add tofu and boil for 5 minutes.

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9) In the meantime, strain the Bonito Flakes with a strainer and use a spoon to squeeze out any excess liquids into a holding bowl.  Add Ponzu into Dashi, mix and set aside.

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10)  Once Soft Tofu is done boiling, transfer hot Soft Tofu to a serving bowl, top with ginger, green onions, umeboshi, a pinch of Bonito Flakes.  Pour sauce over Soft Tofu and enjoy while hot.

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Hope you enjoy this low-carb/keto Hot Japanese Tofu – Yudofu!

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Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu. Enjoy this traditional Japanese winter dish at only ~1g Net Carb/Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: japanese tofu, keto tofu, low carb tofu, tofu appetizer, tofu side dish, warm tofu
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 78kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Tofu Soft
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1/4 Inch Ginger topping
  • 1 Piece Umeboshi topping
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion topping
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes topping

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (1)
  • In a stove top pot, fill enough water to cover the tofu. Bring to a boil on high.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (2)
  • In another stove top pot, add 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp of Bonito Flakes. Bring to boil on high heat. Once boiling, remove from heat and let it steep for at least 5 minutes.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (30)
  • While waiting for water to boil, cut Soft Tofu into desired size cubes.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (3)
  • Grate ginger with a grater and set aside.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (4)
  • De-pit umeboshi, finely dice and set aside.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (6)
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (5)
  • Once water is boiling from step 2), carefully add tofu and boil for 5 minutes.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (7)
  • In the meantime, strain the Bonito Flakes with a strainer and use a spoon to squeeze out any excess liquids into a holding bowl.  Add Ponzu into Dashi, mix and set aside.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (31)
  • Once Soft Tofu is done boiling, transfer hot Soft Tofu to a serving bowl, top with ginger, green onions, umeboshi, a pinch of Bonito Flakes. Pour sauce over Soft Tofu and enjoy while hot.
    Hot Japanese Tofu - Yudofu Recipe (34)

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Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg

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