1 serving of All-Purpose Sweet and Spicy Sauce (Recipe ID: 701600) prepared with the ★ ingredients below
★ Sugar, soy sauce, mirin, sake
2 tablespoons each
1/4 teaspoon (or to taste)
1 heaping tablespoon
Wrap the tofu in kitchen paper towels, place on a heatproof place and microwave at 600 W for 4 minutes, and let cool completely.
Cut the tofu into easy to eat pieces and coat each piece in katakuriko. As you coat the pieces, put in a frying pan with a generous amount of oil on the bottom one by one.
Pan fry the tofu over high-medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
After all the tofu pieces are fried, push to to one side of the pan and add the ★ ingredients as well as the mayonnaise, to the empty space in the pan.
Mix well so that the sauce ingredients blend together. Add the chopped leek, and simmer over medium heat until the tofu have browned and are shiny. You're all done.
Variation: Delicious used as a topping for a rice bowl, topped with a soft-cooked egg.
The rice bowl in the photo was made by Cookpad user "Hapi-Mari".
Warning: If you use low-fat mayonnaise, it won't blend easily with the sauce!
Story Behind this Recipe
I was working on recipes that used our family favorite Sweet and Spicy Sauce. At first I tried it without mayonnaise, and it was 'just ok', not worth writing up as a recipe. But once I added mayonnaise it became a dish I was proud of, so I uploaded it here.
-Use a thick, durable kitchen paper towel that holds up to heat well for Step 2. -Katakuriko absorbs a lot of oil, so if there isn't enough oil add some more. -This is delicious as a donburi rice bowl topping.