Kung Pao Tofu An Xtreme Vegan Dinner Recipe

Kung Pao Tofu An Xtreme Vegan Dinner Recipe

This is a delicious, yet healthy recipe that will satisfy your palate and have you coming back for more. The secret of this is not just the ingredients, but the order in which the food is prepared and cooked. If you ever wonder why food tastes better in a fine restaurant, it is because recipes like this have been perfected by professional chefs. Try the recipe below for yourself and discover the benefits of Vegan dining and healthy living!

* 1 block tofu, firm
* 1 tablespoon peanut or olive oil
* 1 cup hoisin sauce
* 1/2 cup soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek (chili and garlic sauce)
* 1 tablespoon Spicy Bean Paste (Korean hot sauce)
* 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
* 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
* 1/2 cup carrot, small diced
* 1/2 cup onion, small diced
* 1/2 cup red bell pepper, small diced
* 1/2 cup zucchini, small diced
* 1 tablespoon peanut or olive oil
* 1/4 cup macadamia nuts or peanuts

Place the water packed tofu in the freezer overnight. Using tofu that has been frozen first will give this dish a meatier feel. Freezing makes the texture of tofu chewier, which resembles chicken. Thaw the tofu by leaving it out all day or in the microwave for a few minutes. Once thawed, squeeze the tofu between your hands over a bowl to catch all the water that will come out. It will feel like squeezing a sponge dry. The more water you get out, the more the tofu will absorb the flavors of the sauce. Slice the tofu into bite-sized cubes and fry in the peanut oil until golden brown. Set aside.

Next, make the Kung Pao sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well, then set aside. Adjust the sauce to your taste by adding more hot sauce if you want the sauce to be hotter, and less sugar to take away some sweetness.

Cut all the vegetables into same size pieces so that they will cook evenly. You can use all your favorite vegetables, these are just a suggestion. In a saut pan heat the peanut oil and saut the vegetables. Just be sure to add the thicker ones, like carrots, first and let cook for two minutes. Then the onion and bell peppers for another two minutes. Add delicate vegetables like zucchini last and only cook briefly or they will get mushy and lose vitamins. Add the golden tofu cubes and mix gently. Now add the sauce, a little at a time, until you get the desired coating. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes to reduce the sauce and thicken it. For the final touch, sprinkle with macadamia nuts for a truly local flair, or peanuts. Serve over jasmine rice and enjoy!

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