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Aug 10, 2007 07:01 AM

ISO *TASTY* Tofu Recipes

I'm a life-long dyed-in-the-wool tofu hater but I've come to belive that is due to eating too much "healthy" food prepared by people who believed that, to be healthy, food must taste bad. I'm now over 40 and overweight and thinking I need to improve my diet. I've come to realize that I *do* like some tofu dishes in good, authentic Chinese restaurants so there must be some tofu recipes out there I would like.

I'm willing to give it a go. Any great-tasting tofu recipes out there? Ones that don't mimic meat, please - ie, no "tofurky," "not-dogs," "soysage," or other such abominations.


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  1. Not a recipe, per se, but I like firm tofu in asian-type stir-fries instead of chicken or beef. Lots of vegetables and tofu served over brown rice. The tofu just picks of the flavor of whatever sauce you use -- ginger, soy sauce, garlic -- you can make it spicy if you like.

    1. Ma po tofu is very tasty, but I hesitate to suggest you try it since it's made with ground pork and you might not consider it improvement in your diet.

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      1. re: MobyRichard

        The traditional Filipino preparation for tofu "Tokwa't Baboy" is no better given its liberal use of fatty slices of pork.

        1. re: MobyRichard

          I have actually made Ma po tofu using ground turkey instead of pork, which helps a bit.

          1. re: MobyRichard

            Another vote for mapo tofu! You can make it with any ground meat though.

            I also like Korean Soft Tofu Stew (Soon Dubu Chigae). Like a spicier brothier mapo.

            1. re: MobyRichard

              I actually had vegetarian ma po tofu this week and it was lovely sans meat.

              1. re: ArikaDawn

                Yes! Mapo tofu is more about the sauce and smooth tofu goodness than the meat. If anything the meat might be a distraction.

            2. Tofu has very little flavor of its own and takes on the flavor of whatever you're cooking with. Try a stirfry w/lots of garlic & ginger.

              1. I like it with satay sauce ( or President's Choice Memories of Szechwan peanut sauce!)
                We also liked it as part of a Chinese hotpot.

                1. Spicy Fried and Simmered Tofu

                  1 pound firm tofu (or 1 nearest size container)
                  cooking oil (vegetable or blended soy bean/sesame oil)

                  Simmer Sauce
                  1/4 cup soy sauce
                  1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
                  1 tablespoon sugar (or 1/2 teaspoon sugar substitute)
                  6 cloves peeled garlic
                  2 1/2 tablespoon fine or medium ground red chile pepper

                  2 green onions, thinly sliced
                  1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
                  1 fresh red chili or jalapeƱo pepper


                  Drain tofu for about 20 minutes.
                  Cut into roughly 1/2 inch thick slices and pat each slice dry with paper towel.

                  Mix Simmer Sauce
                  Place soy sauce and garlic into a blender and blend into a smooth liquid.
                  Add all sauce ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and mix well.

                  Trim top and bottom of the green onions, and remove any wilted/brown stems.
                  Fine chop the onion.
                  Remove stem from pepper, wash, and cut into fine slivers.


                  Pre heat a large skillet/pan lightly coated with cooking oil.
                  Add the tofu and fry until lightly browned (about 2 to 3 minutes)
                  Gently turn and brown the other side.
                  Remove tofu from skillet/pan.
                  Pour simmer sauce into pan and bring to a light boil over high heat.
                  Reduce heat to low and gently add fried tofu.
                  Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, occaisionaly spooning the sauce over the tofu.

                  Garnish with green onion, pepper, and toasted sesame seed.