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Nov 12, 2010 03:16 AM

Goma dofu in Tokyo?

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..

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      4 Replies
      1. re: Uncle Yabai

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

        1. re: rarerollingobject

          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: Robb S

              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.

      2. 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.