Cut the tofu into easy to eat pieces, about 1 to 1.5 cm thick, and microwave for 2 minutes. Or, use tofu that you've already drained.
Coat both sides of the tofu pieces with katakuriko (if you let them cool down after taking them out of the microwave, they are less likely to fall apart).
Heat sesame oil in a frying pan and put the tofu in.
Pan fry both sides over medium heat until golden brown.
When browned, pour in some mentsuyu. Now work fast!
Move the frying pan in a circular motion to coat the tofu with the sauce. The sauce will thicken up about this much (see photo). Turn off the heat and it's done!
Believe me, it tastes better than it looks!!
If you have some time, after Step 6 you may want to turn the tofu over, but be gentle since they tend to fall apart very easily.
Story Behind this Recipe
One day I came home late from work, and stared at a tofu that was in the fridge. And I was like, "What can I make from this? Deep fried tofu? I can't be bothered with deep frying... so can I make something simple?" So I make this, and it was amazingly delicious. So it's now become a family favorite for when we need one extra dish on the dining table.
Work quickly once you add the mentsuyu!! You can just eyeball the ingredient quantities!