How to cook: Tofu, General Tso’s style

One of the most widely known Chinese dishes outside of Asia is General Tso’s chicken — floured bite-size chicken pieces fried until crisp then tossed in sweet-salty sauce. This is the no-meat version using silken tofu. Instead of the usual onion leaves, the saucy tofu cubes were garnished with snipped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds. Delicious as a snack or as a complete meal.

Inspired by a recipe from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch.

Recipe: Tofu: General Tso’s style

Ingredients

  • 1 cake of silken tofu, about 300 g.
  • 3 tbsps. of corn or tapioca starch
  • about 3/4 c. of cooking oil for frying
  • 2 tbsps. of light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps. of hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tbsp. of rice vinegar
  • a pinch of chili flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp. of sugar
  • a small handful of cilantro, snipped or torn
  • 2 generous pinches of toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Cut the tofu into two-inch cubes.
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  3. Place the tofu cubes in a bowl. Add the starch. Toss around lightly (and carefully!) to coat each piece of tofu evenly with starch.
  4. Heat the cooking oil. Fry the tofu cubes until lightly browned and a light, crisp crust forms. Scoop out and drain on paper towels.
  5. Pour off the cooking oil.
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  7. Reheat the pan and pour in the rice wine, rice vinegar, soy sauce and hoisin sauce.
  8. Stir in the chili flakes and sugar. Stir and heat until simmering. Turn off the heat.
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  10. Add the tofu cubes to the sauce. Toss to each each cube with sauce.
  11. Transfer the tofu and sauce to a shallow bowl. Sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2 to 4, depending on whether the dish is served as an appetizer or a main course

  • Shelby

    So glad you enjoyed! This is a really yummy way to eat tofu and we love it. Love the cilantro garnish. I am addicted to it!

  • geri

    I am totally making this tonight!

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    So am I. My favorite herb. :)

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Enjoy! It’s really good. :)

  • http://facebook.com/pensortijas Trosp

    For me, this is a main course already.

    If as an appetizer, I would make it extra spicy and try it with a tequila.

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Lol tequila sounds good.

  • http://catsmovingkitchen.wordpress.com Catherine

    My mother would love this. As long as I take note that the next time I make it I should omit the spice.

    -C

  • Joan

    Wow! Thanks Ms. Connie for this recipe. My favorite tofu with a twist!!! Yummy!