They look like fried chicken, but they are Tofu. This is a yummy ‘Donburi’ dish for vegetarians. If you omit the egg on top, this can be vegan. I used ALDI’s Organic Tofu, but any firm type Tofu can be used. Coating the Tofu pieces with Potato Starch is essential. The layer of Starch will turn jelly-like when combined with the sauce. Even the meat-lovers would enjoy this dish.


2 Servings


250g Firm Tofu
3 to 4 tablespoons Potato Starch *OR Corn Starch
1 to 2 tablespoons Oil
1 Spring Onion *finely chopped
Toasted Sesame Seeds
2 servings warm Cooked Rice
2 ‘Onsen Tamago’ OR softly cooked Eggs *optional

Marinade Ingredients

1 clove Garlic *grated
1 small piece Ginger *grated
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil

Sauce Ingredients

1 tablespoon Sugar
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Mirin
1 tablespoon Sake (Rice Wine) OR Water

  1. Combine all the Marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Cut or break Firm Tofu to bite-size pieces. Add to the Marinade and mix to combine. The Tofu pieces will soak up the Marinade. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine all the Sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Drain Tofu Pieces to remove excess liquid, and coat the Tofu pieces with Potato Starch (OR Corn Starch). Heat Oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and cook until nicely browned. Add the Sauce and combine well.
  5. Half fill a bowl with warm Cooked Rice, place ‘Onsen Tamago’ and Tofu. Sprinkle some finely chopped Spring Onion and Toasted Sesame Seeds on top.