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Tofu Gyoza

I'm not a vegan, but this is the best vegan gyoza recipe ever!
This is the one I made at the tofu cooking party.
Gyoza is fun to make with many people:)

1/2 tofu
1/2cup brown rice, cooked
1/2 onion, diced
3 shiitake mushroom, cut into small pieces
2tbs potato starch
1tbs grated ginger
2tbs grated lotus root (optional)
2tbs soy sauce
1tbs seasoning
1tbs sesame oil
20-30 gyoza wrappers

For the dipping sauce
1/2 green onion
1clove ginger
2clove garlic
1tbs soy sauce
1tbs sake
1tbs sesame oil

Wrap your drained tofu in a few paper towels.Press with something heavy for about 3 hours.
Saute onion with sesame oil. Combine with other ingredients and mix well.
Place about 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the center of each gyoza wrapper. Fold wrappers in half and seal edges with moistened fingers.
Cook gyoza with canola oil.

To prepare the sauce, cut green onion, ginger and garlic.
mix all the ingredients and leave it for about more than 1 hour.

Tofu Cheese Cake

Had a second cooking party with my foodie friends.
Since I have a looooooot of tofu, the theme of the party was TOFU this time!
I made tofu gyoza and tofu cheese cake.
I baked tofu cheese cake before using real cheese, but this time, I tried to make it with sake lees as a sub for cheese. As I wrote it before, sake lees taste and smell like cheese when mixed with oil and salt.

For the filling

1pk tofu
3/4cup coconut milk
4tbs sake lees
1/2 banana
1tsp plum vinegar
3tbs sugar
1tbs miso
2tbs lemon juice
1/2tsp cinnamon
1.5tbs agave
1tsp vanilla extract
★1tsp agar powder
★2tbs almond meal
★1tbs potato starch

For the crust

4tbs pancake mix
4tbs walnut
4tbs rolled oat
2tbs potato starch
2tbs strawberry jam
1tbs soy milk


To prepare the filling, wrap your drained tofu in a few paper towels.Press with something heavy for about 3 hours.
First, mix agar with almond meal and potato starch(★), and then mix all the ingredients well with a blender. Let it cool over a night. (sake lees make it ferment and taste more like cheese)

To prepare the crust,preheat oven to 350F(180C).
Mix together walnut and oat with a blender.
Combine other ingredients in the blender and mix.
Press mixture into the bottom of a cake mould.
Bake for about 15mins.
Put 1tbs honey(or agave, maple syrup)on the crust, which makes the crust crunchy.
Pour the filling into the crust and bake in a preheated oven for about 45mins.
Let it cool and then chill in a refrigerator for about 3hours.


savory cupcakes with onion rosemary cakes and goat cheese frosting

Non sweet cupcake!
Found the recipe here.


Blueberry Basil Tofu Goat Cheese Cake

Saw a guy eating a goat cheese blueberry basil pie on Food network yesterday.
It looked so delicious and unique! I had never hear basil cheese cake before.
I got so many dozens of tofu from a client and was wondering what to make with them...so I decided to give it a try with tofu.

For the crust(Easy!)
1cup Pancake mix
3tbs Butter
1tbs Soy Milk

For the filling
1/2pkg Silken Tofu
4oz(1/2pkg) Goat Cheese
3tbs Tahini, Butter or Peanut butter
1/4cup Sugar
1/4cup Lemon Juice
1 Egg
2tbs Dried Basil
1pack Blueberry

Combine all the crust ingredients. If the mixture crumble when you squeeze it together in your hands, add more butter.
Press the mixture into a pie mold.

Preheat the oven to 350F.
Wrap your drained tofu in a few paper towels.Press with something heavy for about 30 mins. Mix all the filling ingredients except blueberries with a blender.
Add blueberries and mix easily.
Spread the filling over the crust.
Bake for about 20-30 mins.
Let it cool and enjoy!


Sake Cheese Pizza (Non Daily)

Sake lees taste and smell like cheese when mixed with oil and salt.
That's because sake lees are the fermented food like cheese.
I wrote about sake lees before but it's quite nutritious!
It's a good substitute for cheese.

Another sake lees recipe↓

Sake cheese creme

Tofu 1/2pack
Sake lees 1tbs
Salt 1/3tsp
Plum vinegar 2tsp
Thini 2tsp
Basil paste 1tsp

Mix all together with a blender.
Use as a substitute for cheese.


mochi bread

This is a very easy recipe of a Japanese sweets, Daifuku.
Potato starch is the key ingredient, giving them a springy,chewy and glutinous texture like mochi.

50cc water
2tbs potato starch
2-3 slices of bread

Cut the crust of a slice of bread and roll out.
Pork holes all over with fork.
Mix water and potato starch.
Coat a slice of bread in it.
Wrap in plastic wrap. Cook in microwave for about 50 seconds.
Put creme, sweet beans or whatever you like on the center of the bread and wrap.