Fluffy Microwaved Canned Crabmeat and Tofu Bundles
When you want to make one more item for dinner but have no open burners, you can make this in less than 10 minutes. It's a side dish that's low in calories, high in protein, and very satisfying without any meat.
Dashi stock (or use water and dashi granules) + the liquid from the canned crab
1 cup (200 ml) total
Soy sauce (usukuchi soy sauce will make the bundles prettier)
For the topping:
Shredded carrot, mitsuba, snow peas, yuzu peel, etc.
to your liking
Microwave the tofu uncovered for 3 minutes, and drain off the excess water very well. Lightly drain the crabmeat.
Put all the tofu bundle ingredients in a bowl and mix very, very well with a whisk. If you are using firm tofu, put it all in a plastic bag and massage and crumble it up over the bag until smooth.
Line small bowls or tea cups with generous pieces of plastic wrap.
Add one third of tofu bundle mixture to each cup.
Gather up the ends of the plastic wrap and twist closed. Secure with a rubber band. Microwave for about 4 minutes.
Put the an sauce ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. When it starts to boil give it a stir, then continue microwaving until thickened. You can also cook the sauce in a pan instead.
Put the tofu bundles on serving plates and pour the sauce over them. Add toppings of your choice (see Recipe ID: 978506 for the yuzu peel) and it's done!
Story Behind this Recipe
An ultra easy side dish that can be made in 10 minutes. It's great for guests.
The chakin (bundles) are quite watery before heating, so if you do all the mixing inside the small bowl you've prepared, it'll be easier. The ingredients will coagulate due to the egg rather like chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), so don't worry if it's watery!