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Note: Shira ae is a traditional Japanese dish that normally uses a mortar and pestle-type of bowl that has ridges to help in the mixing process. Because not everyone will have this type of bowl, this recipe utilizes a Ziploc bag instead.

Ingredients:

½ (10 ounces) container Firm Aloha Tofu, drained well

½ (10 ounces) Soft Aloha Tofu, drained well

2 tablespoons white sesame seeds

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons dashi powder

2 tablespoons sake

4 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)

salt, to taste

Suggested Vegetables To Use:

broccoli, chopped

carrots, chopped

spinach, boiled, well drained and chopped

cabbage, boiled, well drained and chopped

mushrooms, boiled, well drained and chopped

Aloha Tofu Konnyaku (Japanese jelly-like health food made from the konnyaku potatoes), thinly sliced

Preparation:

Add tofu, sesame seeds, sugar, dashi powder, sake, shoyu and salt into Ziploc bag and seal closed.

Crush all ingredients into bag with hands (lomi lomi) until all ingredients are incorporated into a paste-like sauce.

Cut one corner of the bag and squeeze over selected vegetables.

Mix vegetables with sauce and serve.

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