Dim Sum Style Tofu Skin Rolls are one of my favorite dishes to prepare. It takes a little work, but the sweet and savory taste of these rolled up treats makes it well worth the effort. Dim Sum, is known as yamucha (飲茶) in Japan. Yamucha has Chinese origins, and as with many types of Chinese cuisine, it’s been imported into Japan and been adapted to Japanese taste.
The Japanese have a love of tofu, which is made from soybeans and finds into way into many different recipes. One unusual way to prepare soybeans is to make Tofu skin from soy milk. Tofu skin, or Yuba (湯葉), translates to “hot water leaves”, and it’s made from soy milk. When soy milk is boiled, a layer of foam coagulates on the top. This layer, which forms a thin sheet, is gently lifted off and set aside to dry. Yuba can be eaten fresh, frozen, or dried out. Because yuba is so soft and malleable it can be cut and formed into many shapes before freezing or drying and because of this it is often sold as a high end artisan food that can be added to miso soup or rehydrated and added to salads or stir fries. Yuba has a light taste that complements meats, vegetables and sauces without overpowering them.
Foy my Dim Sum Style Tofu Skin Rolls, I start with dried yuba sheets that can be purchased at Asian grocery stores. I soak the dried sheets one at a time in water, and leave them in the water until rest for use. The filling is a typical egg roll filling that uses roast pork, cabbage, bean sprouts and other fresh vegetables. The filling also uses typical Japanese flavorings including ginger, soy sauce, mirin and cooking sake. After preparing the filling I roll it up in the yuba and usually use two to three layers to ensure it doesn’t rip while rolling.
The entire roll (or two rolls) is then put in a small bowl and topped with a homemade sauce made up of honey, soy sauce, chili oil and water. I then steam the Tofu skin roll in the bowl and serve hot.
Although there are quite a few steps to making this dish, the taste is delicious and the presentation always exquisite. Give it a try for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments section below.