Day 46: Shiraae

Very simple dish with few ingredients and barely any cooking! It’s a cool, refreshing Japanese salad which is very flavoursome and healthy. When my mother told me it was highly nutritious I was naturally against the idea because I thought of bland food, but this is light and beautifully flavoured.


1. 200 g firm silken tofu

2. 3 tbsp sesame seeds

3. 1 bunch spinach

4. 2 tbsp soya sauce

5. 1 1/2 tbsp light soya sauce

6. 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

7. 1 tsp of sugar

8. Pinch of salt


1. Take the tofu out from the packaging and place it in couple of layers of kitchen towel. Throw the kitchen towels away, and take a fresh one and wrap the tofu in it and leave it.

2. In a bowl, mix the soya sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt and keep it aside.

3. Wash the spinach leaves thoroughly. Cut the stem into small pieces and the leaves into 2”. Boil a large pot of water and put the spinach in the boiling water for one minute. Take it out and dunk it in a large bowl of cold water and ice. Drain and squeeze out any excess water. Drain it twice to ensure that all the water is gone. Pour the light soya sauce on the spinach and leave it for a couple of minutes. This helps the spinach to absorb flavour

4. In the meanwhile, take a pan and switch the gas on medium heat. Put the sesame seeds in the pan and toss it around to toast it. This should take about 3-5 minutes.

5. Grind the sesame seeds using a mortar and pestle.

6. Remove the kitchen towel from the tofu. Cut into cubes and then pour 1/2 tbsp of the light soya sauce on it and then drain it quickly.

7. Mix and mash and the ground sesame seeds together in a bowl

8. Drain the spinach and squeeze the excess liquid from the spinach and pile it up on a plate

9. Put the tofu sesame mix on top and then pour the sauce (right before eating)

Enjoy this delicious Japanese entree!

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