Well bite my ass and call me Sally! I had another recipe lined up for today, but last night was such an incredible success, I couldn’t wait to share it. I figured out how to make restaurant-style General Tso’s Tofu. Ready?
2 C dried bean curd skin/peel
2 C broth (1 bouillon cube = 2 C broth)
1 C cornflour
1 C General Tso’s Sauce (recipe)
vegetable oil for frying
1 green onion, chopped (or regular onion)
some dried chili peppers (or slices of red pepper)
This makes 4 good portions.
(notes about ingredients following recipe)
You’ll probably serve this with rice, so start it now to make sure it’ll be ready
1. Boil 2 C of water and add bouillon cube. Stir until dissolved.
2. Put dried tofu in a bowl. Pour 1 C of broth over to cover tofu. Stir around.
3. Let sit for 10-15 minutes (whenever you don’t feel any hard parts). You may need to add more broth as needed.
4. While soaking, chop your green onion/onion and dried chilis/red peppers. Place cornstarch in a tall bowl.
5. Heat 1/4″ of oil in frying pan on Med/Med-High heat. Drop an onion chunk in. When it sizzles, it’s ready. (BE CAREFUL OF NOT GETTING ANY LIQUID IN THE OIL!)
6. When tofu is ready, drain the excess broth.
7. One at a time, place about 10 soaked tofu bits in the bowl of cornstarch. Gently swirl it around to cover completely. They should look dry. If moisture is coming through, give them another swirl.
8. Gently place in the oil. Fry each side about 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to drain on a paper towel.
9. Repeat 7 & 8 in small batches until all gone (duh).
10. On your last batch, heat up another frying pan and on low-med sauté your onion and peppers.
11. When veggies are soft, add the fried tofu chunks and sauce. Mix around until sauce is heated.
Serve hot with a side of rice!
*Vegetarian chicken bouillon works the best.
*Save your leftover broth for another recipe, or for a base for a small bowl of soup.
*I use IRON CHEF brand General Tso’s Sauce. It’s got the right kick to it and it doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup.
*OIL PRECAUTIONS! Make sure your pan is completely dry before adding oil. Make sure your hands and any freshly rinsed utensils are DRY. One accidental water drop in the oil will cause it pop and splatter! You or someone else could get burned or ruin your favorite shirt! No one needs that.
*It’s very easy to half or double this recipe, so do as you please! =)