Tofu Tempura with Vegan Wasabi Aioli and Fresh Chives

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Serves 4
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Downtown Epicure | www.downtownepicure.com
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5
Ingredients: 
  • 1 (14 ounce) block organic tofu
  • 1 quart canola oil for frying
  • 2/3 cup Nayonaise Original
  • ¼ cup dashi
  • ½ teaspoon miso
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi paste
  • ¼ teaspoon wasabi powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • Dash of fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup chilled seltzer water
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
Preparation Method: 

1. Wrap the tofu in paper towel and set between to small cutting boards, plates, or baking sheets. Rest a heavy cast iron pan or a few cans of tomatoes on top and press out excess liquid for at least 30 minutes. 

2. Cut the tofu into large dice (¾"x¾"x¾") and set aside. Begin to heat the canola oil to about 385 degrees. A thermometer is helpful, but if you don't have one, eyeball it with a few testers before dropping in the entire lot.

3. In a blender, combine the Nayonaise, dashi, miso, wasabi paste and powder, a pinch of sea salt, lime juice, and cilantro. Blend until well combined. Set aside. 

4. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup + 2 tablespoons flour and the seltzer. Place the remaining flour into another small bowl for dredging. 

5. Dust the tofu cubes in the flour and toss them in the tempura batter. Immediately drop into the hot oil and fry about 1 minute or until golden. Remove from oil and drain on a plate covered in paper towel. 

6. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and place the tempura into a mixing bowl. Ladle the aioli into the bowl, just enough to coat the tempura, and toss. Scoop onto a plate and garnish with the sliced chives. Serve immediately. 

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