I would be lying if I said I’ve always liked tofu. Even as a young vegan, I found it utterly bland and chewy. I would whip it into smoothies or desserts but it so rarely touched my dinner plate. Now… its a whole other ball game. I marinade my tofu over night before creating anything. Its pressed till all of the juices comes out then its dipped into whatever flavor I want for the meal. I even use vegan broths to create “beef” or “chicken” dishes.
Last night was the first time I ever made fried tofu. Inspired by an entry from girlichef on her favorite tofu dish, I decided to give it a try. The results were…amazing! I think this will be a definite top ten tofu recipes for me.
Here’s how I made it:
- 1 package of extra firm tofu
- Chicken broth (vegan if preferred) or orange juice
- 1 package of Saifun (bean threads) or Rice Noodles
- 1/2 cup of Asian Orange Sauce (I prefer Panda Express’ Orange Sauce)
- 1 can of Mandarin oranges (sliced and in water or juice) or fresh peeled and sectioned
- Oil for frying (I usually use grapeseed oil, xx virgin olive oil or sesame seed oil)
- Teriyaki sauce
- Press and drain the package of tofu (check out a gadget from TofuXpress to make this a breeze).
- Marinade the tofu in the chicken broth (or in orange juice if you wish for a more orangy flavor) over night or a minimum of a few hours.
- In a large skillet (electric in my case) bring 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees F.
- Add orange sauce and juice/water from the can of oranges (but NOT the oranges themselves).
- Stir till its well mixed and allow the oil to bubble slightly.
- Add drained tofu.
- Fry tofu till its light brown.
- Remove tofu (don’t turn the oil off yet) and place on a paper towel to cool.
- Add Saifun (broken up into small bite size pieces as its difficult to cut or bite through once cooked) or rice noodles to oil.
- Cook Saifun till it floats to the top of the oil or the rice noodles till done (usually only a few minutes). If the Saifun is too chewy or hard after frying, place it in a bowl and cover with boiled water until softened then drain.
- Remove Saifun/noodles from oil and allow to drain (NOT on a paper towel as they will stick to it).
- Please Saifun/noodles on a plate.
- Add tofu on top of Saifun/noodles.
- Add Mandarin orange slices to top.
- Drizzle with Teriyaki sauce.
- Serve with a vegetable garnish.