I have a friend who introduced me to a series of cooking videos on YouTube. It is a series called cookingwithdog. This Japanese team is made up of a nameless lady and Francis the poodle. Every show (usually) starts with the dog saying “I am Francis, the host of this show Cooking With Dog.” And he remains on the counter supervising. It’s freaking hilarious.

But the recipes are awesome too! All are quick Japanese recipes presented in a very straightforward way. I love it and it really has demystified Japanese cuisine for me. The bento box video is AWESOME! There are about 40 videos right now. But picking my first video recipe to try was easy. I saw a video on Agedashi Tofu. I was made aware of this dish recently with a Montreal Foodie Blogger dinner outing at a Japanese restaurant. My table neighbor eagerly ordered it saying it was such a favorite of hers. A sophisticated fried block of tofu! I had to try it.

Agedashi Tofu


300g Firm Tofu (10.6 oz)
5cm Daikon Radish (2 inch)
A piece of Ginger
4 Shishito Peppers
Potato Starch
Frying Oil

– Sauce –
150ml  Dashi Stock (5.07 fl oz)
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Mirin

Note: I used corn starch instead of potato starch – a perfectly acceptable substitute. Instead of Dashi stock you could used fish sauce or vegetable stock if vegetarian.

I will let you watch the video for the directions. And check out the other videos, you won’t regret it.

(serves 2)