How to treat your TOFU. Simple, fast, delicious recipe.

25 Mar

 

Have you always wondered what to do with TOFU? How to make it a bit more exciting than it looks like? Here is a simple recipe that takes maximum 12 minutes to make. I made it for lunch yesterday.

You need some fresh string beans. Heat up some water in which you can blanch them. Then, cut some squash, red pepper, garlic, jalapeno, mushroom and chive. Also, crush some almonds and cut a lime in half. Then slice the tofu into pieces that look like the ones on the picture below. For the tofu you need two spoonfuls of cilantro leaves, grated apple and one spoonful of grated ginger.

 

When the water is hot and almost boiling, add the string beans and keep them in the water. Feel them once in a while. When they are soft, but not overcooked, remove them and pour them into a strainer. When you have done this, add new water to the pot and place it on the stove. Once the water is boiling, add noodles. When the noodles are done, repeat the process of the string beans.

Heat up some olive oil in a pan. High heat. When the oil is hot, add three table spoons of sesame seeds in the pan. Let them roast for about four minutes. The olive oil will get the characteristic taste of the roasted sesame seeds.

Once the Tofu is brown on one side(Approx after 4 minutes), turn them. When they have gotten color on both sides, pour leek, ginger, apple, 4 table spoons tamari and 2 table spoons balsamic vinegar into the pan.

What will happen is that the tamari and the balsamic vinegar will almost instantly vaporize under the high heat and leave a beautiful, caramelized surface on the tofu. In this process of vaporizing, the liquid in the pan sucks up all the flavor of the grated apple, ginger, cilantro and leek.

It is beautiful and I promise, it tastes even better than it looks.

Now… Take a piece of tissue paper and clean the pan from whatever of liquid is in there. Heat up some olive oil on really high heat. Add all the vegetables (including the string beans) and garlic, jalapeno and ginger and stir fry for 4-5 minutes. Prepare a glass of water and add 2 tea spoons of salt to it. When the vegetables look ready, add the water to the super hot pan. Also add some shrimp chili paste (if you have) and the juice of one half a lime. Let it simmer on super high heat for one minute. Turn it off and serve.

Serving suggestion. Mix the noodles with the stir fry, put on a plate, and add the tofu on top!

 

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