This is one fo the traditionally popular ‘Takikomigohan’ dishes in Japan, but I didn’t cooked it for a long time. Because it was too hard to find Abura-age (Fried Thin Tofu) in Australia. Not any more! If you like traditional Japanese cuisine’s delicate flavour, you will enjoy this dish.
2 cups (*180ml cup) Japanese Short Grain Rice
1 Abura-age (Fried Thin Tofu)
1 small Carrot
400ml Dashi Stock *OR Water and 1 teaspoon Dashi Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Sake (Rice Wine)
1 Spring Onion *finely chopped
Toasted Sesame Seeds
- Wrap Abura-age with paper towel and warm in the microwave. Then press it to remove excess oil if required. This process is optional.
- Cut Abura-age and Carrot into small pieces. Today I cut Carrot into strips using a vegetable slicer.
- Wash Rice by stirring it thoroughly in water with your hand and drain the water. Repeat this a few more times until water flows through clear.
- Place it into the rice cooker’s inner pot and add Dashi Stock, Salt, Soy Sauce and Sake (Rice Wine). Add extra Water, if necessary, to make up to the 2-cups-marking. Gently stir.
- Place Abura-age and Carrot pieces over the rice evenly. Press ‘COOK’ button to start cooking. When the rice is cooked, let it steamed for 10 minutes. Then loosen and mix gently.
- Sprinkle with some finely chopped Spring Onion and Toasted Sesame Seeds on top and enjoy.