Edamame in an Edible Tofu Bowl

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I’ve been cogitating about this idea for awhile. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve really had the urge to use circle cutters to make things out of tofu lately. And then I had this idea that I could make an edible bowl, and it seemed only fitting that I should fill it either with edamame or miso soup. Sort of an Ode To Soy. This one was pretty big, maybe 4 1/2 inches across, but I think it would work well to do much smaller ones and serve them individually as an appetizer. And it is ridiculously easy. Just start with good quality firm or extra firm tofu. Use one large circle cutter to create the outside shape. Brush with oil, set on a heatproof surface, and hit the outside with a blowtorch all the way around. Then use a smaller circle cutter but don’t go all the way to the bottom, and hollow out with a spoon. Toss edamame with toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil and sea salt. I used black Hawaiian salt. I plated it with nanami togarashi spice mix, both for color and to provide some heat. The photograph shows way too much of it though, that is pretty spicy stuff so just a light dusting would be more appropriate. (Nanami togarashi is a Japanese pepper mixture that includes chili flakes, orange peel, sesame seeds, ginger, and seaweed. You can find it at Uwajimaya markets or online).

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Thursday, August 16th, 2007 in Appetizers, Recipes, Vegan or Modifiable.

10 Responses to “Edamame in an Edible Tofu Bowl”

  1. Anonymous
    August 16, 2007 at 12:33 pm #

    That is gorgeous! What kind of tofu did you use? Nice work getting the blowtorch in there. Do you think you need to use the blowtorch in every recipe in order to rename your blog ‘vegetarian blowtorch’? I think you could do it. It might be hilarious!

  2. August 17, 2007 at 12:18 am #

    Michael,
    this is so inspiring and gorgeous.

    Love xxx
    - fanny

  3. Anonymous
    August 17, 2007 at 8:36 am #

    une bĂȘte noire dans la cuisine derniere soiree?

  4. August 26, 2007 at 1:12 pm #

    Very pretty! :)

  5. August 31, 2007 at 4:11 pm #

    What an inventive idea! It really would be great as small appetizers for a party. Very cool.
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  6. miki
    August 31, 2007 at 8:24 pm #

    its shichimi togarashi, just to let you know

  7. September 1, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    hey, saw this on tastespotting–it’s beautiful and looks delicious. plus, you used a blowtorch!

  8. Michael Natkin
    October 20, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    Glad you all like this one! Answering questions above, the tofu is extra firm. I don’t know which brand I had that day, probably Island Spring or the Whole Foods house brand. You just want one that is good and fresh so that it doesn’t have swiss-cheese holes. Miki and I corresponded via email and figured out that shichimi togarashi and nanami togarashi are the same thing, just labeled differently for export.

  9. May 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I can’t believe I just “discovered” your site (just like Columbus “discovered” America…apparently Herbivoracious has been here all along). I’m stoked to try EVERYTHING! I think I’ll even hand cookie cutters to my 5-year old to go to town on some tofu.

  10. Michael Natkin
    May 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Welcome, Allie! And nice job with your blog.

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