I first tried this amazing dish when I was living in San Diego. I was at an Izakaya – a bar and restaurant that serves a large variety of small plates – think of it as a Japanese Tapa Bar. I would never have thought to order a dish made with tofu – especially when there were so many good looking items to choose from, but my friend ordered some and asked me to give it a try. I cautiously took a bite, and my look of caution turned into total shock. This was tofu??? It was so good that I finished his, and ordered two more servings- one for myself and one for my friend. Since then, I always look for it on the menu.
Agedashi Tofu is easy to make – tofu is squeezed dry, coated with potato starch and then deep fried until golden brown. The tofu is them plated and topped with tsuyu sauce that’s made from Somen-tsuyu that heated up along with daikon radish and ginger.