Sweet and Sour Tofu


Sweet and Sour Tofu

Who doesn’t love Asian food? Those wonderful crispy vegetables, the crunch of the fried tofu, all slathered in a delicious sauce. This recipe is compiled from gazillion different versions on the net (and yes, there are gazillion of these out there!), but we really liked this balance of flavors. One other trick: it’s best if you get the tofu really crunchy, maybe even more done than you think it should be. That way it keeps that awesome texture when you bite into it.

This beats take out any day.

Sweet and Sour Tofu
Sauce-
3 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp tamari
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch red pepper flakes, optional but good
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch w/2 Tbsp water

Mix everything together in a small saucepan except the cornstarch and 2 Tbsp water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. Add the cornstarch/water mixture, keep stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.

1/2 red pepper, large chop
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1 # tofu, extra firm (drained and pressed), cut in 1/4’s then those 1/4s cut into 1/2 inch rectangles (or cut however)
1 Tbsp enerG egg replacer
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp tamari
1/4 cup cornstarch
oil for frying

Heat up a wok or frying pan and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Fry the peppers quickly over the high heat. Remove and set aside. Mix the enerG egg replacer, 2 Tbsp water and 1 Tbsp tamari. Toss the tofu in and make sure it’s coated. Remove it and place it in a bowl with the cornstarch. Again, toss until covered. Add some oil (if needed) to the wok and fry tofu until it’s really nice and golden brown crispy (probably longer than you think). I did it in batches. Remove from wok and set aside. Turn the wok off.

Wipe any excess oil out of the wok, then dump the tofu, peppers, scallions and sauce back into the wok and heat over low heat, stirring until coated.

Tonight’s dinner: probably something with seitan. I’m still having fun playing with cutlets.

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19 Comments

  1. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Mmm, I NEED to make this!

  2. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    What type of tofu do you use?

  3. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    What type of tofu do you use?

  4. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    What type of tofu do you use?

  5. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    What type of tofu do you use?

  6. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    What type of tofu do you use?

  7. Posted February 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Tickles, extra firm. Thanks for asking. I just fixed it in the recipe.

    Do it, anotheronebitesthecrust. I love your new name.

  8. Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Yum, that looks delicious! Do you think I could use corn starch instead of ener-g and still get the same kind of crust on the tofu?

  9. Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Cyn, I’ve tried it that way, or with a soymilk wash instead of enerG. It definitely works but doesn’t get quite as crispy. That said, if I didn’t have enerG and wanted to make it, I’d still do it going the soymilk route. It’s good, just not as good.

  10. Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    sounds good – i like a bit of sweet & sour now and again!

  11. Posted February 4, 2009 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Considering how delicious your last stir-fry was, I cannot wait to make this!!

  12. Posted February 4, 2009 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    sweet and sour tofu..sounds awesome! and yeah, who doesn’t love chinese food? haha its just too awesome!
    good luck cooking with seitan! i’m sure it’ll be delicious. :)

  13. Posted February 4, 2009 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    oh, yum. i love finding out new ways to flavor tofu. it’s so exciting!!

  14. Posted February 4, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    thanks for this recipe! I’m always looking for a new take on fried tofu.

  15. Posted February 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    That looks most amazing!

  16. Posted February 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Mmmm…that looks sooo good and saucy!

  17. Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that looks so good! I have been looking for a good sweet and asour recipe just this week! Thanks!

  18. Posted February 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    this look so awesome, Tami! thanks for another wonderful recipe – one we’ll have to try! mmmmmm!

  19. Posted February 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    My daughter and I are discovering tofu. We look for new and interesting recipes. And this would be right up our alley, for we love stir fries. Woo Hoo.

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