Sesame Beancurd

Beancurd is not only nutritious but can be delicious if it is cooked properly. The Japanese are skilled at turning this seemingly bland food into a tasty dish. This Japanese-inspired recipe is simple to make and fun to eat. The beancurd is fried and then served with a dipping sauce. It makes a terrific vegetarian dish.


  • 450 g (1 lb) soft beancurd
  • 5 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
  • 6 tablespoons groundnut oil

For The Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons Japanese mirin rice wine
  • 4 tablespoons Japanese rice vinegar
  • 50 ml (2 fl oz) light soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


Drain the beancurd thoroughly, then place it on kitchen paper and continue to drain for 15 minutes.

Gently cut the beancurd into 2.5-cm (1-in) pieces. Sprinkle the beancurd evenly with the flour, then dip it in the beaten egg and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Heat the oil in a wok until it is moderately hot, then gently add the beancurd and allow it to brown slowly without burning. Turn over and cook the other side. Drain well on kitchen paper. You may have to do this in several batches.

Mix the sauce ingredients together. When the beancurd is cooked, arrange on a warm platter with the sauce and serve at once.