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General Tso Tofu *V
September 16, 2010, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Ethnic, Main dish, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: , , ,

Ok, so I must admit I’m one of those white folk suckers who totally orders General Tso every time I eat out at a Chinese restaurant.  I have tried other stuff but this damn dish is so delicious I can’t help myself.  So my poor ass decided to figure out how to make it at home.  Now I can feel uncultured and cheap in privacy of my own home, and enjoy every last bite of my General Tso!  I ain’t even wiping my face!

Serves 2 VHP (very hungry people) or 3 moderate servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack tofu
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon grated ginger 
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper (cayene) powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 lb steamed broccoli 

Tofu directions:

  1. Cut up the tofu into squares, strips, stars, polygons — whatever you like.  I prefer small squares
  2. Fry it in oil in a skilled until browned on both sides then set aside.

*Note: I’ve found that frying tofu on a square griddle skilled works BEAUTIFULLY.  It gives the tofu a lovely consistency.  Yum!!

Sauce directions:

  1. Heat 3 Tbs vegetable oil in pan on medium heat and add onion, ginger and garlic, cook for a few minutes until soft and aromatic
  2. Add vegetable stock, soy sauce, sugar, red pepper powder and vinegar and wine. Cook for a few minutes until mixture is heated
  3. Mix 2 Tbs of water and 1 Tbs cornstarch and pour into mixture, slowly, stirring well.  Cook for a few minutes until mixture is heated well.
  4. Add tofu and coat, serve over broccolli or rice

*Note: this recipe was modified from a recipe a friend sent to me from Food.com