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braised tofu & ground meat with sticky sauce

  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 469 kcal
  • Total Time: 25 m
    • Prep: 5 m
    • Cook: 20 m
  • Japanese: Tōfu no soboroan
Braised Tofu & Ground Meat with Sticky Sauce


  • 1 block of tofu
  • 7 ounces ground pork or chicken 
  • 3 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • a little salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch (katakuriko)
  • 1 tablespoon water (for dissolving potato starch)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Step 1

step 1:

Cut the tofu block in half lengthwise. Place knife halfway down the side of the block and slice across. Then cut each half across in thirds to make 12 bite-size pieces.

Step 2

step 2:

Pour 2 1/5 cups of the water into a pan and add the tofu. Boil for ten minutes on medium heat. Remove and drain the tofu in a colander.

Step 3

step 3:

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan or wok over a medium flame and add the ground meat. Sear until it changes color.

Step 4

step 4:

Pour the remaining 4/5 cup of water into the pan (or wok) and bring to a boil. Add the soy sauce, sugar and grated ginger and stir. Add the tofu and boil for two minutes.

Step 5

step 5:

Dissolve the potato starch in the 1 tablespoon of water. Add the dissolved potato starch to the pan (or wok). Stir a few times until it becomes creamy.

Tōfu no soboroan


This is a very simple and delicious version of a recipe which usually uses soup stock to get rid of the smell of ground meat. In this recipe, the grated ginger works to rid that smell.