Tofu Soboro (Stir-fried Crumbles)

Tofu Soboro (Stir-fried Crumbles)

The key is the ginger. It really warms you up.


Firm tofu (or grilled tofu)
250 - 300 g
Ginger, finely shredded or finely chopped
1 tablespoon
Bonito flakes
3 - 5 g
Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
Beet sugar or raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon


1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels, and microwave at 600 W for 2.5 minutes.
2. While the tofu is in the microwave, finely julienne or chop up the ginger. (1 tablespoon is just a guideline. Adjust the amount to taste. I like to use lots!)
3. When you microwave the tofu, a lot of water will come out of as shown here. Press down on it with a flat plate or a plastic storage container to drain off the water. (The tofu is hot so be careful!)
4. Once the water has drained from the tofu, the tofu should have shrunk to half its original thickness.
5. Tear the well drained tofu into a frying pan (don't put any oil) with your hands.
6. Turn the heat on low, and mash the tofu with a wooden spatula. When it has become fine and crumbly, add the rest of the ingredients.
7. Turn the heat up to high, and mix the ingredients together while letting the moisture evaporate. When almost all the moisture is gone and the mixture starts to make crackling sounds, it's done!
8. Here's a healthy 3-color soboro using this tofu soboro.
9. If you cook off the moisture properly, it won't clump up if you store it in the refrigerator and will remain crumbly.

Story Behind this Recipe

I saw this recipe by coincidence on a TV show and modified the recipe to my preference.
If you make it with grilled tofu, it will have a nutty fragrance and taste even better!