May 30, 2009

General Tso's.....Tofu!

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I'm still working part time. I kinda like it. lol. I kinda wish it could be my full time job - working part time! Alas, I know it won't last forever, and may even end by next week. However, that said, I have not had a whole lot of energy after getting home from work. Yes, I still have some ache in my neck, but every day is a better day. The pain I had before (and the numbness) is all gone. So, I know my days of leisure and web surfing, recipe reading are coming to a end in the very near future. Knowing this, I have really been milking it when I get home. Enjoying every free minute I have as much as possible. Taking the time to catch up on favorite blogs that I didn't have even the energy to do a few weeks ago. I'm sure you have noticed that this week my posting has been about daily!


I've spent time on my favorite food porn sites, Tastespotting, FoodGawker, Photograzing, and Recipes2Share. Going to the sites that catch my eye to see what the recipe is all about. That is how I found the "Lighter General" recipe at first. Then, while catching up on blogs, I came across Mari's post on the "Lighter General" and she took me right to the recipe I had bookmarked! The recipe was for Chicken but I adapted it to use tofu for myself. I did however, the next evening make this with Chicken for Grumpy's sake! This was probably the closest I have come to the taste of the sauce as I know it from the Chinese restaurants. Definitely give it a try!!


Because I changed to tofu, I will leave you with the recipe and my tofu instructions. If you want instructions on how to make this with chicken, please make sure to check out La Table de Nana for the chicken version. While your there, check out all her beautiful food photos also!

General Tso's Tofu
adapted from La Table de Nana

Protien:
1 brick extra firm tofu
3-4 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Sauce:
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3 tbsps Hoisin
3 Tablespoons white vinegar (I used rice vinegar per the suggestion of Mari)
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup water
1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
6-8 spring green onions, sliced (I went with 4)
3 Tbsps fresh ginger finely chopped (I didn't measure, I just cut a chunk, peeled and chopped)
Hot peper flakes(optional) (I used the dried whole chilies and broke them into pieces)

Squeeze tofu of excess water by placing between a thickness (I use about 3-4 thick paper towels folded about 3-4 times) of paper towels and sitting a heavy pan on top. Let sit 20-30 minutes.

While waiting for tofu to be squeezed dry, mix together the first 6 ingredients and set aside. (I added my chili peppers to the sauce mix before I sat it aside)

To prepare tofu for frying, slice into 1/2" slices, then cut each slice into thirds. Coat lightly with cornstarch and fry in a shallow frying pan with olive oil until browned and crispy. Remove from frying pan and set aside.

Wipe pan clean with paper towel and add sesame oil with onions and chopped ginger. Fry about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add sauce mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer about 2 minutes. Add tofu back to mixture, toss to coat. Serve garnished with green onion tops chopped.

50 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

Looks fantastic!!!

Elyse said...

This looks amazing!! General Tso's is my favorite Chinese dish. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE tofu. My Toddy has been out of town for a week, so I'm not really inspired to feed myself. I know, it's weird, right: I run a food blog (albeit, it's all baked goods), and I can't get my act together enough to eat when there isn't another mouth to feed. Pathetic. Anyway, the point is that I've just been eating slices of tofurky right from the package for the past few days. That stuff is amazing! Have you had it? This tofu General Tso's looks awesome. I might actually make this for myself tonight!! Great job, and I'm so glad that you're feeling so much better!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

That looks beautiful! I like tofu, so I could easily do this.

Mags said...

This just may get me to try tofu again. Lovely photos!

Andrea said...

Wow, your General Tso's Tofu looks amazing! I love Asian style tofu dishes and will give this one a try for sure, it looks absolutely delicious, and I'm always looking to find a sauce similar to what they serve at Chinese restaurants. Your gorgeous photos are making me so hungry :)

the ungourmet said...

I need to come over and steal some of this for dinner!

Pamela said...

General Tso's Chicken is a definite weakness and I so rarely get it. I know it's horrible for me. But this looks fantastic and a little bit cleaner! Great job!

Katy ~ said...

HoneyB, this looks DELISH! Wow oh WOW delish.

Glad to hear you're feeling stronger and better each day.

vibi said...

I'm ususally not a great fan of tofu, but with that amazing topping of sweet sauce... Mmmm... I'm a believer!!! LOL

That's a keeper! Thanks for sharing HoneyB!

the happy couple said...

your tofu looks amazing!

Mags said...

OK... two comments on the same post may or may not be kosher, but geeze.... you're featured on the FoodieBlogRoll! So that's why I'm commenting again. Congrats!

CookiePie said...

That looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I love tofu, and always want new ways to cook it -- thanks for sharing! Glad you're on the mend :)

Happy cook said...

I cooked tofu once and i didn't like them.
This looks really so yummy i think i should try my luck again with tofu.
I too sit and drool on foodgwaker and when ever my hubby see me drooling, he says thank go you don't gain weight by just drooling on the pics itherwise i would be more than 100 kg :-)

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

S~ I think using tofu is a brilliant idea (and you know I'll do it that way next time!)

Your photos are fantastic... my mouth is watering. :) VERY nice job!! xo~m

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

S~ I think using tofu is a brilliant idea (and you know I'll do it that way next time!)

Your photos are fantastic... my mouth is watering. :) VERY nice job!! xo~m

pigpigscorner said...

I've only seen this dish with chicken. But it looks so good with tofu!

Linda said...

This is my favorite Chinese dish with chicken and I like that you adapted it to tofu. I think I will try this with my husband to see what he thinks!

Josie said...

I. Love. (firm) Tofu. I definitely need to give this a try. I would also love to learn to make it with chicken - I could really impress my little brother who is obsessed with general tso's.

Olga said...

Looks awesome. I'm definitely a tofu fan.

I wish I could figure out how not to work at all :)

Reeni♥ said...

What a great re-creation! I am working on recreating all my favorite Chinese favorites, this is one to try for sure.

Jessie said...

I love this lighter version of general tao's. I'm so eager to try this one!

Aggie said...

One of my favorite chinese dishes!! this looks so good! I am now bookmarking it...may try it with chicken first!

Hugging the Coast said...

This could convert non-tofu lovers to true believers!

AEROBROKEN said...

Yummy! Looks awesome and made me hungry.

The Hungry Mouse said...

Nice! This would totally get me to eat tofu. Looks fabulous!

+Jessie

Leslie said...

I have never had or cooked with tofu. Kinda scares me. But this looks amazing

shellyfish said...

One of my personal favourites! I was just thinking it's been a while since I've had some good chinese take-out style yummies!

Creative One said...

Looks delish!

averagebetty said...

Mmm! This looks great, HoneyB!

Christy jordan said...

Oh my GOODNESS! This looks TOO yummy!!!! I'm coming over for leftovers!

Sophie said...

WOW (impressed look). Your tofu dish looks so yummy.

Here I bought a sauce pack for Sauce for Mapo Tofu so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.
http://yummiexpress.freetzi.com

Anonymous said...

this not only looks amazing! It is! Just got done making it for lunch. My hubby loved it!

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

I'm glad to hear you and hubby enjoyed this! It is one of my favorite tofu dishes - and Grumpy doesn't really mind eating it now either!

Curry St John said...

Looks gorgeous!! And I found YOUR post by searching for "tofu" on Foodgawker - food porn is right! :)

I'll have to try this recipe one day - thanks!

Katherine Martinelli said...

YUM - this looks amazing! A few years ago our favorite Chinese restaurant put General Tso's tofu on the menu and we order it quite often but I've never thought of making it at home - bookmarking! Thanks for linking it up at my blog hop :-D

Katherine Martinelli said...

Aaand I made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING!!! Loved it. I will definitely be making this often, thanks!

Shelby said...

Katherine, I am SO glad you enjoyed it! Now your making me want to eat it soon! :)

Anonymous said...

Very good, A little heavy on the ginger but i estimated the 3 Tbsp. also i made a chicken variation for part of my family and they enjoyed it very much

Shelby said...

Anonymous - I probably didn't use 3 Tablespoons myself - I very rarely use a measuring spoon to measure spices, etc - I would say that when I make this that the amount of ginger I use is more equal to 1 tablespoon. I'm glad your family enjoyed it!

Anonymous said...

This was delicious. I substituted ginger-garlic paste for the fresh garlic once because I did not have fresh ginger on hand and it still came out tasting delicious. Also in addition scallions, I also garnished with cilantro which added a little extra something.

Shelby said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe! The ginger garlic paste is a wonderful idea. I don't always have fresh ginger on hand either, and when a recipe calls for fresh, it isn't the same if you don't use it! I also love the cilantro garnish as I am a cilantro freak!

Anonymous said...

We totally loved this, I sauteed tofu in coconut oil, yummy. Gobbled up everything, only a little left for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe.

ALLTHINGSWINGS said...

I just made this for the wifey.... followed the recipe to a tee... FANTASTIC!!!!!

ALLTHINGSWINGS said...

Great Stuff!!!!

Kristen said...

Made this tonight with slight modifications just to avoid going to the grocery store, and it was delicious! This is definitely going in our 'favorites' folder!

Gtrude said...

Made this dish for dinner tonight. Quite frankly, it doesn't even need the brown sugar. I left it out completely in the interest of saving calories and found that the catsup gives the dish plenty of sweetness. I really like the substitution of tofu for chicken. It is a good Lenten dish for meatless Fridays.

klom180 said...

I'm a little late to the game on this recipe, but I just recently stumbled upon it on Pinterest. Made it for dinner tonight and it's incredible! I plan on using it to convert one of my friends to a tofu-lover. :-)
Thanks so much for this!

klom180 said...

I'm a little late to the game on this recipe, but I just recently stumbled upon it on Pinterest. Made it for dinner tonight and it's incredible! I plan on using it to convert one of my friends to a tofu-lover. :-)
Thanks so much for this!

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight and even my kids ate it. It was so yummy. I am going to make this again.

Debi Wayland said...

This looks great! I've pinned, yummly, and SU it. Thanks for sharing.

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