Sweet and salty rice bowl dish with traditional local food
Shimippanashi is frozen and matured tofu, a traditional preserved food that has long been made in Iwadeyama area, Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. It is an important source of protein during the long winter of Tohoku. Unlike shimi-dofu (frozen and dried tofu), Shimippanashi remains soft and juicy. Pieces of Shimippanashi soaked in sweet and salty sauce are deep fried, topped with soft eggs, and put over a bowl of rice. The crisp and tender texture and juicy taste is the reason for popularity. It is served at restaurants in Iwadeyama area in Osaki City and also in Naruko Hot Spring Village.