Agé Fuku-Bukuro & Takara-buné
Good Fortune Bags & Treasure Boats
At the Japanese table, foods resembling sacks or ships laden with treasure conjure up images of prosperity. Here, plump, fried tōfu pouches, filled with shredded vegetables (and/or ground meat) get folded and tied with kampyō (edible gourd ribbons). Configured as treasure boats brimming with abundance, they are set upon a shallow sea of soy-flavored broth.
is pressed, thinly sliced and deep-fried, a pocket of air is trapped in the
center of the slice. The slices can be slit and pried open to make small
pouches. They can then be stuffed with various fillings.
The recipe here offers two suggestions: meat and vegetables, or just vegetables. Either is a great way to use any bits and pieces of vegetables it is your “good fortune” to already have on hand.DOWNLOAD the RECIPE
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