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General Tao Tofu

jellybelly25 Sep 24, 2007 08:53 AM

Does anyone know of a restaurant that serves BATTERED General Tao Tofu? My friend is looking for it and says that the places where he has tried it (U & Me, Soups & Noodles, and some place on Clark) do not make the tofu the same way they would chicken (as in the tofu is fried but not battered).

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    maisonbistro Sep 24, 2007 09:46 AM

    Battered general Tao's is the "authentic" way of making this north american creation. The batter is used so that smaller pieces of chicken can be used- thus increasing the bulk in one order. General Tao's chicken should be marinated in egg whites and soy sauce and then fried in oil - thus making the outside extra crispy - but not battered. If that is what your friend is looking for, the same thing can be done with diced tofu.

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      jellybelly25 Sep 24, 2007 02:04 PM

      No, he's looking for the "authentic" north american style that you describe. Any ideas on restaurants that serve their General Tao Tofu like that?

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        EphraimMTL Sep 25, 2007 03:50 PM

        Village Szechuan at the corner of Decarie and Monkland (across from the Villa Maria Metro station) also does a "General Tao Chicken No Meat" which is vegetarian and battered. I'm pretty sure it's tofu, and it's certainly delicious. And unhealthily deep fried, but tasty all the same!

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      pudgey Sep 24, 2007 04:44 PM

      Yuan on the corner of st.denis and Sherbrooke makes general tao with vegetarian meat that's battered - they might have general tao with battered tofu there, but i'm not too sure.

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        McGus Dec 9, 2007 10:49 AM

        I've ordered tofu general tao many many times at Noodle Express near Concordia on the south side of DeMaisonneuve just west of Mackay, and it's delicious. A great tao sauce, and the tofu is great. I'm not sure if it's battered, but it's crispy on the outside as it's been fried. So batter or no batter, I often favoured it to the chicken, and I'm no silly vegetarian ;)

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