Braised Tofu

by Kiran on April 30, 2013 · 94 comments

in Chinese, Stir Fry, Vegetarian

Hello and welcome to almost the end of Spring. How is time flying… well, I don’t have answer to that except mine is being well spent in the kitchen whipping up some tasty treats for the Husband and you.

You are welcome :D

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Apart from the usual recipe testing, I’ve been trying to spruce up the blog design just a bit. There’s a new set of social media icon, a list of press mention, editing on some new pages etc… Work is still in progress, so if there’s something broken, I’d appreciate it if you let me know.

Also, there’s the announcement of Google shutting down my favorite Google Reader by July 1st. Darn. So if you are subscribed to us via Google Reader, please redirect the subscription to your favorite blog reader.

Mine happens to be Feedly. I just can’t get the fact why it took me THIS long to switch. Thanks for the nudge, Google ;)

Braised Tofu | KiranTarun.com

So, now that we have covered the technical jargons for the day — let’s tackle a simple and satisfying recipe for a change. There’s nothing about tofu that I don’t like.

Zilch.

It’s often misconstrued to be plain Jane, dull and flavorless. Well, that’s an overstatement if you asked me. I’d prefer taking simple ingredients and jazzing it up.

Living life at the edge gives us the thrill, huh? ;)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 firm organic tofu
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 to 5 large garlic cloves, peeled & smashed
  • 6 slices of fresh ginger, sliced into matchsticks
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
  • sesame seeds

Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in some water

Directions:

  1. Cut the tofu into strips. Place in a colander lined with kitchen towel, to drain.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet on high. Add oil once pan is hot. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Add drained sliced tofu fry for a minute or until very lightly browned on one side. Turn gently with a spatula until all the pieces are very lightly browned on the sides.
  5. Add garlic, ginger and half of the spring onions and stir-fry gently for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  6. Reduce heat to low, drizzle in the sauce, stir to blend and cover wok with lid. Braise for 5 minutes. If sauce becomes too dry whilst cooking, add a few tablespoons of water.
  7. Before serving, add remaining spring onions and garnish with some sesame seeds. Serve hot with steaming jasmine rice.

 

Braised Tofu | KiranTarun.com

There’s a variety of recipes out there in braising tofu. Try experimenting this recipe by using different ingredients or spices. I love the idea of adding black bean sauce in place of soy sauce. Or adding some mushrooms and a pinch of five spice powder. Yum!

Off to put the idea to work ;)

What are your thoughts on the very soon shutting down of Google Reader? Are you switched to Feedly or is there something else out there?

 

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1 Rosa April 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Scrumptious! I love tofu. It is ever so versatile.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kiran May 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Rosa — so true!

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3 Mr. & Mrs. P April 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Love the new changes.. Oh and the new photo!!! Its really cute!!! Your blog design is beautiful!!
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4 Kiran May 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Mr & Mrs P — thank you so so much my friend :)

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5 dassana April 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

loved the simplicity of this recipe.
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6 Kiran May 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Dassana — thank you!

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7 dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

love how rich the sauce is and I love tofu prepared any style. Currently I am still doing google subscriber (which I loved) but I also use feedly and bloglovin.
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8 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Dixya — overall, the sauce is pretty light :)

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9 Kari@Loaves n Dishes April 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Great dish, I especially love when tofu gets crisp edges from sauteing or frying.
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10 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Kari — me too!

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11 Choc Chip Uru April 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Tofu is definitely one of the best ingredients, this looks delicious :)

Cheers
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12 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

CCU — thank you my friend :)

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13 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Well, this will definitely be going right to the top of my to-make list! Tofu is one of my favorite ingredients. :)
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14 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Kiersten — yay! :)

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15 Donalyn April 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Kiran, I love this! Tofu is such a versatile ingredient that just soaks in whatever flavors you put with it, and this combo looks so tasty. I’m imagining it with some yummy veggies from the garden soon!
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16 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Donalyn — thank you! yup, some veggies would make it a complete meal to boot :)

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17 mustardseed April 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I loved the recipe!And black bean sauce sounds delicious too. Maybe I should try it. Your blog does look fresh and lovely!

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18 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Mustardseed — thank you and a very good idea. jump on it!

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19 Lail | With A Spin April 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I love how versatile tofu is. I am actually having some for dinner. Love the photos and the new changes.
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20 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Lail — thank you and hope you enjoyed your tofu for dinner :)

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21 Monica April 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

These are my kind of flavors! We love tofu in our house (including my 7-year old) and I make beef with tofu and other stir-frys all the time. But I’ve never used tofu as the centerpiece in a dish, like this. Great idea and totally delicious!
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22 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Monica — thank you and I love that your kid loves tofu :)

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23 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Beautiful Kiran! I am pretty bummed out about the whole Google Reader thing, mostly b/c I have a great RSS app for my iPhone that is connected to it. I wonder if Feedly has an app? So annoying!
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24 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Alyssa — thank you my dear. I think feedly has an app, but they are still working on improving it.

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25 honeywhatscooking April 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I second that, SCRUMPTIOUS! I love tofu cooked Asian style, it adds so much flavor to an otherwise bland protein. OMG, I’m scared once day Google will shutdown Blogger, I’m terrified!!! :(
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26 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Honey — move over to Wordpress. It’s so much more robust :)

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27 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 1, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Love the flavors of your jazzed up tofu!
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28 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Laura — thank you!

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29 Raymund May 1, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Will be trying out Feedly soon as well. Anyways thats a nice way to serve tofu, love this recipe
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30 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Raymund — good luck and thank you!

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31 Hannah May 1, 2013 at 4:40 AM

YUM Kiran. This definitely makes tofu sexy!
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32 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Hannah — lol, thanks! :D

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33 Your Cookery Book May 1, 2013 at 5:51 AM

So mind-blowing pictures. It’s making me hungry after breakfast in the morning lol. :)
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34 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

YCB — lol, thank you :D

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35 ashley - baker by nature May 1, 2013 at 7:38 AM

I really need to learn to love tofu! This recipe looks beautiful, Kiran, as always ;)
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36 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Ashley — thank you so much my friend. You can start loving tofu by lightly pan-frying it in a skillet and dipping it in some thai peanut sauce. That’s always a good start to begin loving an ingredient :)

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37 jehanne@thecookingdoctor May 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Wow, you made tofu looks so gourmet Kiran! I love tofu too, never tried braising so this is bookmarked:-0. Thanks for the nudge on feedly, I have been on the hunt for a good reader.
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38 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Jehanne — awww, thanks my friend! I hope you’d enjoy this recipe :)

And yup, feedly is greatness!

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39 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Only YOU can make tofu look so mouthwatering, Kiran! This looks so incredibly delicious and easy. As usual, your photos have stopped me in my tracks, too! :)
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40 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Georgia — awww, thanks my dear. Your comment made my day. Well, you always say the best things all the time :)

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41 Viviane Bauquet Farre May 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Mmm, looks delectable, Kiran!
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42 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Viviane — thank you!

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43 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ May 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Love tofu but I’m never able to cook it properly. My tofu recipes are always too bland. This one is full of character and, I’m sure, tasteful!
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44 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Daniela — by braising, i’m sure it’ll impart more flavor into the tofu. Try it and let me know how it tastes :)

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45 john@kitchenriffs May 1, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I don’t use tofu much, but I should – it takes so well to flavorings. Braising is a particularly nice way to use it. Love all the flavors you’ve included in this recipe. Good stuff – thanks.
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46 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

John — thank you!

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47 lisaiscooking May 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I’m a fan of tofu too. This sauce sounds fabulous for it! Wish I could pick this off the screen for dinner tonight.
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48 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Lisa — :)

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49 Shree May 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Hi Kiran, saw this space of urs and am head over heels in love with this site ! :) the pics r as gorgeous as u ! count me in as ur new follower !
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50 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Hi Shree — thank you so so much for your compliments and thanks for following this space :)

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51 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 2, 2013 at 2:34 AM

This looks so yummy! I LOVE tofu. Gorgeous photos, btw. :)
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52 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Anne — thank you my dear :)

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53 Gourmantine May 2, 2013 at 4:53 AM

I with you on jazzing up simple ingredients, I mean a lobster is fantastic on it’s own while simple things need creativity to be elevated, having said that your braised tofu is outstanding!
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54 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Gourmantine — oh, i loved reading your analogy. Thanks my friend :)

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55 Charul Ajmera May 2, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Ohh ya! Even I was confused as to whr to go after the news of reader shutting down.. But to my surprise I am already in love with Feedly and how easy and how similar it is to Reader.
This looks like a make-over for tofu. I am not a tofu fan but thats mainly bcoz its too plain for me.. this seems like a solution! :)
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56 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Charul — good thing is that because of the shut down, we all got introduced to a better reader :)

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57 Gemma @andgeesaid May 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I always manage to break the tofu when I fry it :( Will have to be super super gentle when I try this, because it looks amaze!

P.s. comments to my blog via google+ seems to be working now ! :):) xxx thanks for letting me know!
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58 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Gemma — use firm tofu. That way it won’t break as easily :)

ps: I don’t use google plus to comment.

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59 IRENA May 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

That recipe looks fantastic, thank you for sharing it! I don’t have to many with tofu, so I am so trying it! Lovely photos!
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60 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Irena — thank you for trying and I hope you enjoyed this recipe :)

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61 amy @ fearless homemaker May 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I looove tofu and this dish looks SO good. You’ve got me hungry now! Thank goodness I have some tofu pad thai in the fridge to munch on! =)

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62 Kiran May 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Amy — lol, thank goodness for that! Hope you are doing great xo

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63 Coffee and Crumpets May 2, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Thanks for stopping by Kiran! I appreciate the lovely comment. I have to admit, I don’t do much with tofu, but I do like it when I do do something with it. This braised version looks lovely and I imagine the tofu sucking in all that flavour. Beautiful photos too!

Nazneen
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64 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Nazneen — and thank you for dropping by here with such lovely comment :)

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65 lizzie - strayed from the table May 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Looks great Kiran. I love tofu.
I did not know google reader is closing down. I use netvibes to follow all my favourite blogs and their updates. Easy to use.
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66 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Lizzie — And I’ve never heard of netvibes. Wow :)

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67 Cass @foodmyfriend May 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Damn you make tofu look good. I can’t get past the texture and haven’t been that successful at enjoying it. Yours does look mighty tempting though… pity you are so far away..
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68 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Cass — lol, your comment had me laughing out so loud :D

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69 rebecca May 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

looks tasty can only eat tofu like this or fried he he
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70 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Rebecca — lol!

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71 Shumaila May 2, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I should give Feedly a try too. Love the green surface you have used and its a perfect fit for the dish, which looks so inviting. Thanks for working in the kitchen for us! :)
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72 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Shumaila — you are welcome :D

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73 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM

That’s so full of flavour-how delicious! And a shame about google shutting down feedburner!
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74 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Lorraine — thank you, friend :)

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75 Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM

I’m going to have to try this. One of my children is trying to be vegetarian, and I am a complete carnivore. Making tofu is something I’ve never done!
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76 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Aimee — try it with firm tofu. it’s easier to work with the first time :)

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77 Meenakshi May 3, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Gorgeous! I have never understood anti-tofu sentiments. Tofu is so versatile and delicious. And once it has browned a bit? Even better!
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78 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Meenakshi — ditto!!!

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79 Wendy May 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

This looks delicious, Kiran. We braise or grill tofu all the time and I am always happy to find a new sauce or spice combination to try with it. :)
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80 Kiran May 7, 2013 at 3:18 AM

Wendy — me too! I hope to try this recipe with different sauce the next time :)

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81 Alle May 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

LOVE the photo with the blue plate and the red stripe on the towel—nice composition :-) Oh yeah, and the tofu sounds stellar!

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82 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Alle — thank you so so much! :)

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83 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today May 13, 2013 at 6:52 AM

It looks amazing, I need to try it for breakfast.
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84 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Marta — thanks my dear and let me know how it tastes :)

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85 Jordan May 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Thanks for this recipe! I’ve been a vegetarian for 5 years now and have yet to find a tofu recipe that I love. I think this may be it! It sounds amazing!
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86 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Jordan — thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I truly appreciate it and glad the recipes I create is making a lot of difference in everyone’s life :)

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87 Sophie May 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM

A wonderful & very appetizing dinner, Kiran!
I also love the new look on your lovely blog! Beautiful!
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88 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Sophie — thank you so much :)

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89 Mary @ Fit and Fed May 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Hi Kiran! I made this and it was delicious and well appreciated by my family. I learned that you really meant it when you specified a non-stick pan! I only have one small non-stick pan and prefer not to use it so I started frying the tofu in a large regular frying pan. Mistake! It stuck like crazy and I started over with small batches in the non-stick pan, where the tofu browned much more nicely. Later in the recipe you are using a wok with a lid. I went ahead and transferred everything into a wok, so I ended up using three pans altogether. I made a few changes here and there– I don’t have Chinese cooking wine, so I omitted that. I used maple syrup for the sugar, kudzu root powder instead of cornstarch, and a leek for the spring onions.
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90 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Hi Mary — firstly, I apologize for not replying sooner. Somehow your comment went into the spam and sat there for a while. Geez.

I’m so glad you tried this recipe and it was a hit. That’s a lot of pan for this recipe ;)

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91 Lu June 28, 2013 at 6:06 AM

i made this for lunch today and absolutely loved it!!!
i discovered tofu for me recently – i always thought it would taste like cardboar but your recipe proved the opposite! So delicious!

i did some changes though and thought you might be interested:
i added
– a few chicken strips (for i was afraid i wouldn’t like the tofu),
– peas
– some thinly sliced paprika (which i had left in the fridge and HAD to use)
– fresh thinly sliced red chili

it was a wonderful lunch and next time i will not add the chicken because now i know that Tofu is absolutely delicious when cooked and spiced right :)

have a great day xoxo

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92 Kiran June 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Lu — thank you so so much for trying this recipe and then taking the time to write me a sweet comment!! I love the changes you made in this recipe. It truly shows that tofu can be customized to suit variety of palates and ingredients. Braising it is definitely one of my favorite ways to enjoy tofu. Bon appetit & have a great day :)

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93 Samfa December 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner last night. Went down a treat with my other half but apparently I didn’t make enough! ;D

Really quick and really easy. If you make a lot of Orient inspired food you will likely have all the ingredients in.

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94 Kiran February 5, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Samfa — so glad you loved it! thanks for dropping by :)

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