Crispy Tofu & String Beans: An Asian inspired meal that even tofu haters are go…
Crispy Tofu & String Beans:
An Asian inspired meal that even tofu haters are gonna love. Hope everyone is doing well. Yesterday they shut down NYC schools. So both my kids are remote once again, while the school where I work is still operating on a hybrid model. Like many of you, it entails lots of juggling ?Thank goodness for my kitchen & my camera where visions can come to life & then into my mouth: I’m thankful for each and everyone of you. Thanks for following along.
What you need: 15 oz block of pressed extra firm tofu Tofu Coating: 2 tsp neutral oil, 1 tbl soy sauce, 1 tbl dark soy sauce, 1 tbl cornstarch, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 1/2 tsp five spice powder For the Stir Fry Sauce: 2 large garlic cloves minced, 2 tbl agave or maple syrup, 2 tbl Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry, 1 tbl soy sauce, 1 tbl dark soy sauce, 2 tbls seasoned rice vinegar, 1 tbl toasted sesame oil, 2 tsp sriracha For The Stir Fry: 3/4 lbs string beans, 1 in fresh ginger cut into matchsticks, 5 green onions white/ light green parts cut into 1 in pieces, save dark green for topping, 1/2 cup toasted cashews (optional)
1️⃣ Freeze block of tofu in freezer safe container overnight. I used pre pressed tofu to save time. Defrost to room temperature. Cut into 6 slabs through width of block- then pull apart into irregular 1/2 in pieces
2️⃣ In a medium mixing bowl marinate pieces with oil, soy sauce, & salt. Put aside
3️⃣Whisk together stir fry sauce in a small bowl.
4️⃣ In a large saute pan over med/med high heat, drizzle neutral oil to coat pan when hot add ginger & green onions. Stir frequently until soft about 2-3 min
5️⃣ Next add green beans & pinch of salt, stir frequently till crisp & tender another 3-4 min. Place in a med bowl. Wipe out pan with towel
6️⃣ Add cornstarch & the rest of tofu seasoning to the marinating tofu. Shake bowl vigorously till all is coated
7️⃣ Use pan again, set temp to med/med high heat, drizzle oil, when hot add tofu. Cook till crisp about 5-7 min shaking pan to cook all sides
8️⃣ Add reserved veggies & stir fry sauce, stir to coat & heat till thickens 2-3 min
9️⃣ Serve with rice & top with toasted cashews & green onions. Enjoy!!