1.12.2015

sweet and sour tofu

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  4 - 5

sauce ingredients:
1/2 cup ketchup
6 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
6 tablespoons water
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
salt
pepper

ingredients:
2 pounds extra firm tofu - rinsed and pressed to dry, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup vegetable oil
1 red pepper - chopped
2 cloves garlic- diced
1 cup rice - cooked

sauce steps:
1.  in a medium bowl combine ketchup, chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, water, cornstarch and ginger.  salt and pepper to taste.  set aside.

ingredients:
1.  in a bowl, pour soy sauce over the tofu pieces and let set for 5 - 10 minutes.

2.  combine cornstarch, flour, baking soda, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.  dunk each piece of tofu in the flour mixture and set on a separate plate.

3.  heat about 1/4-inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat.  add tofu to skillet in a single layer in batches.  cook until crispy and golden brown, about 2 - 3 minutes.  flip each piece and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.  transfer to a paper towel lined bowl.  repeat with remaining tofu.

4.  in the same pan, remove all but about two tablespoons of oil.  heat over high heat.  saute the garlic until lightly golden.  add the pepper and cook for another minute or two.

5.  lower the heat to medium and add the sauce.  continue cooking for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens.  stir the sauce and peppers with the tofu and serve over rice.

- snixy kitchen

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