Niku Tofu (pronounced as Nikudofu) is sliced beef and Tofu cooked in a pot and seasoned with Soy Sauce and sugar. It tastes very much like Sukiyaki but it’s a more casual and simple home cooking dish for everyday meals.
While Sukiyaki can be very expensive and is usually for special occasions, Niku Tofu is made more quickly and reasonably with a cheaper cut of beef and Tofu. As long as the beef is sliced thinly, preferably with some fat (for tenderness), the quality doesn’t matter that much. The ingredients are mainly beef and Tofu, but you could add onions like in this recipe and other vegetables such as carrots and green beans. However, that may defeat the purpose of a simple dish by adding too many cooking processes and flavors. The firmness of Tofu is just up to you. Soft silken Tofu has a nice soft texture but gets easily broken during cooking. Medium Momen Tofu is easier to deal with, so use it if you like it.
Niku Tofu is so quick and easy to make with only a few ingredients that you can make it for tonight’s dinner!
- 1/2 lb thinly sliced beef
- 1 package Tofu
- 1 brown onion
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Sake
- 1 Tbsp Mirin
- 1/2 cup (120ml) water
- Cut sliced beef into bite size pieces. Cut Tofu into 8-10 pieces. Cut onion into large wedges.
- In a medium pot, heat oil well and cook the sliced beef. It doesn't need to be completely cooked through. Then add Tofu and onion. Add the rest of ingredients. Stir occasionally and cook about 15 minutes.