A very traditional Japanese dish. Although, I am not certain where the name comes from. This is very similar to my grandpa’s “Baked Tofu” recipe. It takes me back to comfort foods of growing up here.
½ lb. ground pork or chicken 2 tsp. vegetable oil 6 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked, stems removed, thinly sliced ½ c. bamboo shoots, rinsed, drained, coarsely chopped 1 large onion, sliced 3 stalks green onion, 1 ½-inch lengths 1-inch ginger, peeled, grated 1 (20 oz). block firm tofu, 1-inch cubes 2 large eggs, beaten Garnish: chopped green onions Sauce: 2 TB sake 1 TB mirin ¼ tsp. salt 4 TB Aloha shoyu 4 TB brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a separate bowl, mix sauce ingredients well. Set aside. In a skillet over medium heat; saute pork in oil. Add mushrooms, bamboo shoots and onions. Cook 2 minutes. Stir in sake mixture. Remove from heat,. In a 3-quart casserole dish; layer tofu. Top with pork mixture. Pour beaten eggs over mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set.
Garnish with green onions. Serves 3-4.