Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wagamama Week: Rice Noodle Soup

We used the leftover konbu and katsuobushi from making yesterday's dashi to make a second dashi stock for this recipe, which did indeed taste stronger and more interesting than the primary stock. Unfortunately, the subtle notes were buried under an avalanche of miso...

Ingredients (Quantities in brackets are my revised suggestions):
  • 150g rice noodles
  • 500g tofu block, cut into small steaks (400g)
  • 2 tbsp miso paste (1/4 tsp -- not a typo!)
  • 1/2 tsp shichimi (1 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • handful of roughly-chopped choi sum
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 litre miso soup (600 ml)
  • small handful of coriander
Cook the rice noodles according to the packet instructions. Lightly blot the tofu steaks with kitchen paper. Combine the miso paste with the shichimi and spread over the tops, then fry on a hot griddle, miso-side up, for 6-8 minutes or until the tofu is hot and the base is crispy. Remove the steaks to a warm plate and fry the choi sum and spring onions on the griddle for a minute, until just wilted. Serve the noodles topped with choi sum topped with tofu, with miso soup ladled over.


The tofu stands up to the frying nicely, much better than yesterday's mushrooms. But:


Seriously, 2 tbsp of raw miso paste on your tofu is just too rich. I think you want just enough to stick the shichimi to the tops of the tofu... which on balance I prefer fried on both sides, for maximum crispiness. It's also important to serve this right away, since the crispy base immediately starts sogging underneath the stock, of which there is a ridiculous quantity in the original recipe.

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