Saturday, April 02, 2011

okara

okara One morning I saw someone making okara patties on television and it reminded me that I hadn't made them in awhile.

Okara are the "leftovers" after making tofu, the lees, it is also called "u-no-hana".

After going to the market, I sort of followed this recipe, this time adding a little minced chicken to make the patties.

After cooking them in some oil to brown, I made the thick sauce.

I sauteed some veggies (eringi, carrot, red bell pepper, spinach) in a non-stick pan without oil, then added the ingredients for the sauce, and thickened it up with a slurry then spooned the sauce over the patties.

It was so good with rice that Satoshi had seconds.

okara (3) Whenever I buy okara, it comes with two 120 gram packages, so on another night, I made another okara recipe this time using this recipe.

Using similar ingredients as the patties, this turned out to be an okara scramble, of sorts.

I sauteed some minced chicken, diced onion, hijiki, carrot, red bell pepper, eringi and okara in some sesame oil.

When the minced chicken was cooked through and everything was broken up, I added a scrambled egg, some lettuce and some oyster sauce.

Okara is quite "sand"-like, so we ate this with a spoon. I think putting this over rice, like a donburi, would have been a better way to eat this than keeping the rice and scramble separate.

What have you been eating?

12 comments:

Tamakikat said...

As always your dinners sound good to me. For me recently it's been all types of baguettes, pastries, salads, fruit, a galette, vege soup, fromage frais, and compote.

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - I thought that only my Mom loved okara, until I made tofu at home one day, and found out the Missus loves the stuff too!

K and S said...

hope you are enjoying yourself TK!

I remember you telling me that the Missus loves okara, Kirk :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Oishisoooo!!! Very healthy comfort food. Yum!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Oops... I submitted without checking. I actually never bother to look for Okara. I should check at a supermarket here!

K and S said...

Thanks Nami, I hope you can get inexpensive okara where you are :)

Take care.
Kat

Deb in Hawaii said...

You know I have never really cooked with okara before--but both your recipes make me want to try it. ;-)

K and S said...

I hope you give it a try Deb in Hawaii :)

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

The colors are so bright and tempting on my screen, so I can imagine Satoshi going for seconds. Today we went "kilo krazy" at the weekly open air market. Fava beans and all kine artichokes are beginning their season, but I wanna wait til prices drop a little more on the asparagus. Veggies!!!!!

K and S said...

Needed some colorful veggies, Rowena :) can't wait for asparagus to start showing up in the markets...ooh and green peas...spring is greens!!

Take care.
Kat

manju said...

We usually make okara-tuna burgers, but I like that scramble-donburi idea!

K and S said...

ooh Manju, I should try okara tuna sounds good :)

Take care.
Kat