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New to Austin, in search of salt-toasted tofu and agedashi tofu

isotofu | Jan 3, 201004:52 PM     5

Hi folks,

New to Austin and hope you might be able to help me find a couple of specific tofu dishes. I searched the boards before posting, but forgive me if my search-box-kung-fu failed and I missed something.

The first is Vietnamese: salt-toasted tofu in the style of Mai's in Houston. Other places in Houston seem to make this too (maybe copying?) but I haven't eaten it in other cities. Mai's calls it "Dau Hu Rang Muoi," and it comes in a thick brown sauce with roasted garlic cloves. It's not the dry-style salt-and-pepper tofu you see sometimes.

The second is Japanese: agedashi tofu. I'm thinking of lightly-fried soft tofu in deeply flavored dashi broth with (sometimes) bonito flake and roe on top. Who does it? Who does it best?

Thanks in advance -- I'm looking forward to eating my way though the city.

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