Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hot and Spicy Tofu

Tofu can be an acquired taste, but this recipe is a good place to start. The flavor is so great and there is a lot of kick to it. The tofu takes on all the flavors so well, and if you do it right, it gets a little brown and crispy as well. --Mark


3 T peanut oil
1 pound firm tofu, cubed
1 red onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green chile pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup hot water
3 T white vinegar
3 T soy sauce
1 T brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


Heat peanut oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Toss the tofu into the oil, and cook until browned on all sides. Once browned, toss in onion, bell pepper, chile pepper, and garlic; cook until just tender, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the hot water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes. Pour over tofu and vegetables, toss to coat, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens slightly.

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