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Veganmofo Iron Chef Challenge: Tamago Nigiri Sushi

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I know this is picture heavy, but these are so pretty! For this week’s Iron Vegan Chef Challenge (see here) , the item is sushi. Being from Vancouver, I’ve eaten a fair bit of sushi in my life. Something I had every once in awhile in my pre-vegan days was tamago nigiri, which is a piece of sweetened egg omelette on top of a piece of rice. To make the vegan version, I marinated tofu pieces in water, nutritional yeast, and a bit of sugar, then simmered the pieces in that mixture for awhile with a bit of turmeric added, then cooled them in the fridge. The result doesn’t taste exactly like the original–it’s less sweet and less eggy, predictably enough–but I thought that was actually for the best! It made a lot of nice gestures to the original and was quite tasty. One more picture below, mid-prep.



Written by phdelicious

October 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Meals

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  1. What a great idea! It looks beautiful and I bet it tastes great, too.


    October 19, 2008 at 8:41 pm

  2. These look so cute! They remind me of little turtles or something. But not in an eating animals way!


    October 19, 2008 at 11:56 pm

  3. They look pretty spot on, and I bet they were much tastier too! Nice job!


    October 20, 2008 at 12:25 am

  4. They are pretty!
    Nice challenge, well done!

    Jeni Treehugger

    October 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm

  5. Tamago nigiri was always my way to impress folks at our sushi-making parties way back when. Thanks for coming up with a vegan alternative!


    October 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

  6. that looks so cool, great idea and great job!


    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 am

  7. wow– that really looks like tamago!

    i never was a fan of the tamago nigiri–it was always too sweet for my liking!

    this looks and sounds great, though! thanks for the idea! 😀


    October 22, 2008 at 2:44 am

  8. Thanks all!! Yes, this version is not nearly as sweet as the original. Actually, after a few hours in the fridge it just tastes like cold tofu: luckily, tofu is tasty as heck!


    October 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm

  9. that looks really cool. I could have sworn it was egg. thankfully, it’s not :). good job!


    October 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm

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