RECIPE: Chili Oil Tofu Donburi

RECIPE: Chili Oil Tofu Donburi

Donburi is a simple homestyle Japanese dish of savory toppings served on a bowl of rice (don refers to the bowl the dish is served in). We combine soft, silky tofu with vegetables to keep ours light and healthy, and add a multi-purpose Japanse sauce known as mentsuyu with a dash of chili oil for some spice. 

Servings: 2 servings


  • 300-400g of silken tofu
  • 1-2 leaves of lettuce (torn into bite-sized pieces)
  • Small handful of broccoli sprouts
  • 1 tbsp ofSesame Chili Oil
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds
  • 200g cooked rice
  • ½ sheet of seaweed (if desired)

For the mentsuyu:

  • 100ml water
  • 1 tsp dashi powder*
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce*


  1. To make mentsuyu, boil 100ml of water in a small pot and add the dashi powder. Stir then add the mirin and soy sauce. Cook over medium heat for 2 mins and set aside.
  2. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and microwave for 2 mins.
  3. In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of mentsuyu, chili oil and sesame seeds.
  4. Put the cooked rice in a bowl and top with lettuce, sprouts, tofu and the sauce from step 3. Garnish with cut seaweed if desired. 


Extremely versatile, the remaining mentsuyu can be used as a dipping sauce for noodles, as a seasoning in dressings or stir fries or drizzled over tofu or cooked vegetables.

*Available in our Creative Beginnings: Redefining “Wa” Care Package

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