Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sesame Tofu

Last night the kids went to dinner with my parents so I took the night off and had leftovers. Tonight, however, I made a very yummy tofu dish. Don't shy away from tofu, it is a very good and inexpensive meat replacement. We usually have tofu on Tuesdays but since we didn't have it last night I made it tonight.

What you'll need:
1 package extra firm tofu
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
3-4 green onions, sliced
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets.

Sauce ingredients:
1/3 cup honey (I've used Agave with good results)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 knob (about the size of your thumb) grated or minced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)

Drain tofu and press gently between paper towels or kitchen towels.
Dice the tofu.
Put the 4 tablespoons of cornstarch in a plastic bag or container with a lid.
Add the tofu to the container, cover and shake, coating the tofu cubes.
Add some oil to a pan and heat (my range has a frying setting; my guess is that it is med-high)
Add the tofu and fry until golden. I've learned that if it sticks it is not ready to turn or the heat isn't right.
Meanwhile steam the broccoli and stir the sauce ingredients together.
When the broccoli is crisp tender toss it with the tofu in the pan.
Add the green onion.
Add the sauce to the pan, all except 3 tablespoons.
Mix the 3 tablespoons of sauce with the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and add this to the pan as well.
Bring to a boil and stir well, add the sesame seeds. Stir well, until thickened, then serve.

Serve with rice (we like Jasmine rice) low mien or other yummy Asian type starch.

This is tofu

Cut it in half

Then into 4

Then in half this way

Then in half again and each half in 3. This will make cubes.

Tofu cubes

Tossed with the cornstarch

Fry in a pan...

until golden.

Add the broccoli and sauce. You are also going to add the onion and sesame seeds but I didn't have sesame seeds so I left them out. It was still good.

That looks good doesn't it?

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