Vegetables with Ground Tofu Sauce (Yasai no Shira-ae)

This satisfying and nourishing dish is not only tasty, but extremely healthy as well.


Serves: 4

  • 280g cotton tofu (1 standard size block, strained)
  • 500g konnyaku
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 tbsp ground white sesame seeds
  • 100g spinach


  • 240ml soup stock
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mirin


  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 2 1/2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp soup stock


  1. Boil the konnyaku and carrot in water for 2 minutes, and then cut them up, 4.5cm x 1cm. Stem the shiitake and slice, 3cm.
  2. Cook the konnyaku, carrot, shiitake, and A in a pan until the sauce is reduced to nothing.
  3. Wrap the drained tofu in a tea towel to remove excess water.
  4. Grind the tofu and ground sesame with a mortar and pestle, and add B. Cook the spinach then mix all the ingredients together, and serve.