FU is a processed food produced from wheat gluten as main raw material.
It looks like a small piece of bread, but it’s not. It is made by extracting gluten from wheat first and mixing the gluten with wheat. Finally that is heated with steam, baked, or deep fried. I used deep fried one this time.
We often eat FU with miso soup or clear soup in Japan. FU is also used in stir-fry instead of meat, so it is useful ingredient for vegetarian.
FU in miso soup became juicy and tasty after it takes up the soup.
It might be similar to soup with crouton. (It is much bigger than crouton though…)
There is another miso soup recipe using different kind of FU; colorful wheat gluten cake (temari-fu).
Please take a look at this cute FU recipe too!
Also, I recommend stir-fry recipe of wheat gluten cake! So yummy!!
STIR-FRIED FU (WHEAT GLUTEN CAKE) AND VEGETABLES RECIPE
【Recipe (2 servings)】
1 oz miso paste (fermented soybean paste)*1
1 teaspoon dashi granules*2
1/2 teaspoon dried wakame (a type of seaweed)
0.5 oz FU (wheat gluten cake)
1.7 cups (400ml) water
(Prepare extra water to reconstitute dried wakame)
*1 Feel free to adjust the amounts of miso paste to your liking.
*2 If miso paste already contains dashi, don’t need dashi granules. I use miso paste containig dashi this time.
1. Combine dried wakame with boiled water and wait until reconstituted. (takes about 1 min)
2. Drain in a sieve and wash with cold water lightly.
3. Heat water, wakame, and FU (wheat gluten cake) in a saucepan until FU gets soft slightly. Add dashi granules, if you need, and remove from heat after granules is melted.
4. Add miso paste and stir until miso is completely melted.
Ready to eat!
I simmered FU in a saucepan for a little time because the size of FU is kind of big this time. If you use smaller one, you may not be necessary to heat, and can just put them in the bowl right before you eat.
There are various type of FU, so please find the one you really like!
Enjoy your miso soup!