- 8 slices dried yuba, each about 8 inches (20cm) square
- 2 ounces (60g) nagaimo yam, peeled and finely diced
- 8 fresh shiitake or button mushroom caps, finely diced
- 1/2 ounce (15g) carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- dash white pepper
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
- vegetable oil, for deep-frying
- salt, for garnish
Yuba is the skin that forms on the surface of boiled soymilk. Sold dried into sheets, it is a high-protein ingredient with a variety of uses.
1. Wrap each slice of dried yuba in a wet cloth, and leave for about 30 minutes until soft
2. Place the yam, shiitake, and carrot in a bowl, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cornstarch, and mix well.
3. Lay out the yuba slices, divide the vegetables into 8 equal portions and place each portion on top of a yuba slice. Fold the yuba over to make rectangular envelopes, and seal using the flour-and-water mixture. Preheat the oil to 340°F (170°C) and deep-fry the envelopes until golden brown.
4. Cut the yuba envelopes in half and arrange on a serving dish, garnished with salt.
[If yuba is not available, use rice-paper wrappers.]
Reprinted with permission from the book:
The Enlightened Kitchen: Fresh Vegetable Dishes from the Temples of Japan
While Japanese cuisine has become popular in the West, far less is known about the traditional fare originating from Japan's Buddhist temples. Natural and healthy, temple food is based on fresh seasonal vegetables, and staples such as grains and tofu. For centuries, these dishes have been a way of life - and a refreshing change of pace - for monks whose days are spent in rigorous self-discipline.
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