Part 3 of our new Japanese baby food cooking show!
Tomoko & her baby Taiga show us how to cook shirasu (whitebait) and tofu dish flavoured with Japanese dash soup. This recipe can be made with just hot water and a microwave – perfect for summer as you won’t need to cook over a hot stove! This is a wonderful dish full of protein and calcium for our growing babies, and is super simple to make in just 5 easy steps. It can even be done one-handed as you hold your baby, just like Tomoko does in the video!! Thank you Tomoko & Taiga!
What you need:
- Shirasu (whitebait), boiled (not dried)
- Tofu, silky soft
- Katsuo-bushi (dried bonito flakes)
- Hot water
- 2 x small bowls
- Suribachi bowl and Surikogi stick for grinding
- Tea strainer
- Place tea strainer on top of small bowl. Add spoonful of shirasu into strainer, and pour hot water over the top from the kettle. Soak for 1-2 minutes. After soaking, strain whitebait and move to the Suribachi bowl for grinding later.
- Similar to step 1, place one sachet of katsuo-bushi in the tea strainer sitting over the small bowl, and pour hot water over the top. Soak for 1 minute. The resulting soup from the katsuo-bushi is called ‘dashi’.
- Place spoonful tofu into small bowl, add 3 tablespoons of dashi from (2).
- Place lid on bowl from (3), and cook in microwave for 1.5 minutes.
- Grind shirasu in the Suribachi bowl. Add the tofu/dashi mix and mash together with the shirasu.
- Silky soft tofu – called “Kinu” tofu（絹、きぬ）- don’t get the hard tofu（木綿、もめん）
- Bowl and stick for grinding is called Suribachi （すりばち）and Surikogi（すりこぎ）. Suribachi is the bowl. Bachi (hachi) means bowl in Japanese. Suru (or suri) means grinding.
Happy Cooking Everyone!