Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Can't get any more simpler then this. This tofu dish can be serve as an appetizer, combine with green salad, or serve as a main dish with plain rice and saute vegetable. For a completely vegetarian dish, simply omit the fish sauce and increase the amount of salt to your liking.

24 oz tofu
oil for frying
1/2 cup white vinegar

1 cup sugar
5 to 10 red jalapeno, seeded 
1/2 tbs finely chopped cilantro roots
5 cloves garlic
1/4 water
1 tbs fish sauce

salt to taste, optional

Cut tofu into triangle, place them on a colander and let drain for an hour. After an hour, pat dry with clean kitchen towel, or paper towel. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoon oil in a frying pan until a little bit smoky. Carefully add tofu, about 4 or 5 pieces, fry for about one minute on each side. Transfer to wire rack to drain the excess oil. Repeat with the rest of the tofu.

Grind together the garlic, red jalapeno, and cilantro roots to make a smooth paste. Transfer to a sauce pan, add vinegar, sugar and water. Cook until it becomes sirupy.

Return the tofu to frying pan, add the sauce and toss for a minute or so. Transfer to serving dish, serve as is, or as a main dish accompany with saute vegetable and plain rice.

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