Abura-age 油揚げ

Abura-age 油揚げ are thin sheets of fried tofu that are most popularly known as the stuffed tofu pockets called inari-zushi. It is made by thinly slicing tofu, then deep-frying the slices first at 110-120º, and then a second time at 180-200º. Another popular dish is in kitsune soba or kitsune udon, which is abura-age slices in noodle soup. Kitsune means ‘fox’ and in Japanese mythology this food is associated with Inari the fox deity, who is a messenger of the gods.