I've never been a big fan of plain tofu it has a very synthetic flavor to me. I can't quite describe it actually, but it almost has a "plastic-like" flavor...not that I've eaten any plastic in my life--at least I hope not...:-) So I'm always looking at ways to change the flavor, as well as the texture of tofu and I definitely nailed it with this preparation. Some people love the flavor of tofu and soy milk...me not so much, but I could eat this anytime!
For the tofu preparation, I pressed the tofu to remove any excess moisture, sliced it thinly and marinaded it in a homemade teriyaki sauce made with tamari, mirin, orange juice, agave, and sesame oil. I then coated the tofu with flour and toasted sesame seeds and pan-seared in a little olive oil until crispy. I reduced the marinade to a thick glaze and brushed the tofu just before serving.
For the soba noodles, I tossed them lightly in teriyaki sauce and then topped the noodles with a salad of shaved cabbage and carrots. I finished off the dish with a spicy curry-lime vinaigrette. Beautiful and delicious!