Japanese Agedashi Tofu
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  Agedashi tofu (or agedashi dofu) 揚げ出し豆腐 is a simple Japanese way to serve hot tofu. Silken (kinugoshi) firm tofu, cut into cubes, is lightly dusted with potato starch or cornstarch and then deep fried until golden brown. It's then served in a hot tentsuyu broth made of dashi, mirin, and shoyu (Japanese soy sauce), and topped with finely chopped green onions or grated daikon. It is eaten with chopsticks.

- 4-6 oz. soft tofu
- cornstarch
- Oil for deep frying

- ½ cup dashi
- 2 Tbs. soy sauce
- 1½ Tbs. mirin

- green onions, thinly sliced
- Grated ginger
- Grated daikon (white radish)

1. Cut the soft tofu into rectangular pieces about 1" thick.
2. Arrange the layers on paper towels and leave for 10-15 minutes to drain. Change the paper and turn over the slices.
3. Mix sauce ingredients, heat in a pan until boiling.
4. Sprinkle cornstarch on a plate. Arrange the tofu slices on it. Sprinkle more cornstarch over the tofu. A powdered sugar shaker does a good job here.
5. Heat the oil to 355°F (180°C) for deep frying.
6. Pat any excess cornstarch off the tofu slices and slide them into the hot oil, one by one. Don't add too many slices at once, because tofu lowers the oil temperature. Fry until golden, turning once.
7. Remove and drain on paper towels.
8. Arrange in a compote-type dish, pour the sauce. Top with a mound of grated daikon, a bit of grated ginger, and sliced green onions.