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Author Notes: The name ‘Thunderbolt’ comes from the sizzling sound that happens when you add tofu in a heated pan. It’s a quick and simple Japanese tofu dish that you can make when you are so hungry you have to eat right away. Not just the sound but the speed of the cooking time deserves the name. Also, you don’t even need a knife and a cutting board if you use scissors to chop the herb.
It’s fun to break tofu into pieces with hands. Hands are the most basic, primary cooking tools.
You can eat it as is with a spoon, or on top of steamed rice. If you have some leftover rice, stir fry the rice in a pan, add the thunderbolt tofu, and you will have quick and easy fried rice.
- Kyoko Ide
- 2 pieces tofu (250g)
- 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil, or oil of your choice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 pinches parsley or green onion
- Chop parsley to small pieces on a cutting board or with kitchen scissors. Break the tofu with hands into small pieces.
- Set the pan on high heat, when the pan is hot, add the tofu and stir fry (about 1 minute). Add the oil, keep stir-frying, mixing once in a while (1 minute).