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Time for Japanese Yubamaki
Posted By Kip On 14 October, 2009 @ 10:58 am In Snacks and Sides | 6 Comments
Inspired by a cute little Japanese snackhouse in Brighton called Pompoko, the idea for these easy veggie treats are completely down to a menu suggestion by Vegan in Brighton .
Maki doesn’t refer to a dish’s content but rather to the method of rolling, hence yubamaki is a yuba roll. Wait, but what’s a yuba!? While you may believe it sounds disctinctly like a Star Wars character, be relieved to know it’s nothing more than soya milk skin. Similar to the skin you find on top of boiled milk, yuba is the soya equivalent; it’s delicately removed from the top of hot soya milk and enjoyed in a variety of different dishes.
So yuba maki. Think spring rolls, only made with soy milk skin.
As an experiment, I used two different types of bean curd skin: fresh and dried. Both were delicious, but my suggestion is not to use the frozen variety unless you plan on serving these straight away. Both varieties are best if served immediately after coming out of the the oil, but those using the fresh skin re-heat better in the oven later (they tend remain very crisp without burning). Just for reference, the image at the beginning of the post uses the fresh and the image below uses the frozen variety.
This is less of a recipe than a suggestion. Only you know your favourite vegetables, so go crazy with your favourites. My choice was simple, and I recommend retaining that simplicity, with spring onions, carrots, and ginger as the base flavour. I also added some miso paste for more depth.
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 Vegan in Brighton: http://veganinbrighton.blogspot.com
 how to roll a spring roll: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=how+to+roll+a+spring+roll&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&oq=how+to+roll+a+spring+roll&fp=59681ffd38a8e39f
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