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Goma dofu in Tokyo?

rarerollingobject Nov 12, 2010 03:16 AM

Have been in Japan for 5 days now, eating amazing sushi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, toro, tonkotsu ramen, curry rice and all sorts of other amazing things throughout Osaka and Tokyo.

But surprisingly (to me, given I'm a confirmed carnivore/anything involving animal fats lover), the dish that I've been most taken by, most delighted by, was the goma dofu I had in a little ramen shop on Mt Koya and then again in the shojin ryori meal at the temple I stayed in.

The utter unctuous creaminess of this 'dofu' (really coagulated ground sesame seeds) is something I've been dreaming about ever since..anyone know where I could find this in Tokyo? Either restaurant or shop. Doesn't matter where, I have nearly a week here and blissful nothing to do other than eat..

  1. Robb S Nov 12, 2010 05:20 AM

    I had some good goma dofu this week at Sasa no Yuki just north of Ueno:

    The dining room is in bad need of remodeling, but the food is quite good, and you can get a nice multi-course tofu-centered lunch for Y2600, or order a la carte.

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      Uncle Yabai Nov 12, 2010 05:23 AM

      The best goma dofu I've ever had in my life, and I've eaten my share, is here:


      It is a tiny shop that specializes in taichazuke, but the goma dofu served on the side is so good the old guy who runs the place sells it to go.

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      1. re: Uncle Yabai
        rarerollingobject Nov 12, 2010 02:55 PM

        Thanks so much to you both! I'm devoting today to finding one, or both!

        1. re: rarerollingobject
          Uncle Yabai Nov 12, 2010 10:35 PM

          Closed on weekends. And when the place is closed, there is no sign it exists. Come to think of it, even when open, it isn't clear it exists.

          1. re: Uncle Yabai
            Robb S Nov 12, 2010 10:51 PM

            Somebody should tell Tabelog....

            1. re: Robb S
              Uncle Yabai Nov 12, 2010 11:15 PM

              They are probably open Saturday for dinner, but I am pretty sure they don't serve lunch on Saturdays. Dinner is really really expensive, as it befits a ryotei. One time I was having lunch there and a maiko (a real one, not some tourist trap "performer") walked in to get some takeout.

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        jem589 Nov 14, 2010 04:44 PM

        It's not classy to recommend a shop that's 'on the map', but you can get good goma tofu in any supermarket. Find the tofu section and look for the black stuff in little portion-sized containers. Or I bet the staff will respond well to a little "Gomadofu?"

        As long as I'm being declasse, while you're in the tofu section please look for the tofu in long, oval three-part packages with light blue lettering on top. I suspect it will change your overall view on tofu, and I'm a confirmed carnivore too.

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