Monday, September 14, 2009

Fried Tofu Pockets of Goodness

I *heart* inari! Give me a buffet filled with sushi options, and I'll load my plate with far more inari than anything else. It's simply fried tofu skin stuffed with sushi rice, but it's so darn good topped with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. I found some frozen inari wrappers at an Asian market in Memphis recently, and last night they made the base of these yummy Inari:

I used brown rice instead of white sushi rice, and I seasoned it with a little rice vinegar, salt, and turbinado. The frozen inari skins came with a cute little packet of black sesame seeds and dried veggies for topping.

On the side, I whipped up a quick Sesame Green Bean Stir-fry:

I sauteed local green beans, a red bell pepper, and some thinly sliced carrot with a little sesame oil and soy sauce. Then I topped the saute with sesame seeds and a dash of sriracha. Quick and delicious.

25 comments:

Tara said...

I've never had inari, so now I'll have to go looking for it! Beautiful food!

nora said...

Cool, I've never even heard of inari! I want it tough. I hate the taste of nori, so maybe inari would be a good choice for me to make sushi out of in the future!

I love the little dried veggie bits. Very cute!

Mihl said...

How clolourful! That is the most beautiful inari I have ever seen.

T said...

Never seen that at the grocery store, that's crazy!

Its always my favorite thing at sushi places too... what a great dinner!

The Voracious Vegan said...

These sound AWESOME! (You had me at the word fried...) I haven't tried these but I wish I could, they look and sound SO delicious.

VeganCowGirl said...

Looks and sounds amazing! I also love inari and I just love green beans with seaseme oil...num num.

Chocolate Covered Katie said...

I love love LOVE Inari sushi!!!

When I lived in Japan, it was my favorite lunch. I wasn't even a vegetarian then.

And when I lived in China, they actually sold in at the shool cafeteria :).

Happy CCV!

VeggieGirl said...

LOVE the little pockets and the addition of sriracha to the peppers!!

miss v said...

i love inari too... i love that chewy outside. sometimes they are a little too sweet for me (or maybe i'm just having a non-sweet day), but they are still awesome!

Knit-Picky Veganista said...

I've heard of it, but have not had Inari, yet. I will definitely get some after I move back - the dish is gorgeous. Pockets of Awesomeness!

Charlotte said...

Looks delicious! I've only ever had very sweet inari... I generally think of it as a dessert, almost. I love the idea of it only being slightly sweet and somewhat savory as well!

The green beans looks so simple and great. I've got to try it!

pixiepine said...

Yummy! I have never tried inari, but it looks great!

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A said...

You are so brave.... I'm totally intimidated by any and all sushi and sush-like recipes. I screwed up veggies rolls once years ago and now I'm freaked out to try again.... silly I know! But still love to get my eatin' on!!!!!! :D
-A

chow vegan said...

Wow, those look awesome! I love inari! :-)

poopiebitch said...

Oh man, you know of my intense love for inari. I <3 this post, hardcore.

Cyn said...

Inari is the best! I love it. I have some in my freezer right now waiting to have sushi rice in it. Yours look so pretty!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I love inari too!

swellvegan said...

Man, I used to be ADDICTED to inari, especially topped with pickled ginger. I should go to the Asian market and look for inari skins - yum!

rabbitfood said...

Stinkin' yum! You're too good.

Mike K said...

I've never had inari, so that's the next thing on my shopping list at the Asian market - this looks fantastic. The sesame green beans look like a good match for the fried inari - can't wait to try this!

jessy said...

your stir-fry is so colorful, Bianca! it looks like the perfect side for the deeeelicious inari! i need to get on the move and get making some inari! i've never had it before & it looks amazing!

Mary said...

That sounds so delicious! I've never had inari, but I love tofu and rice, so I think I'd love it! It's very cute. It looks like it has sprinkles on top.

Erin said...

Prettiest inari I've ever seen!

The Vegan Food Snob said...

Inari and I fell in love a few years back. It's been a steamy affair every since :) Yours looks great!