Spicy Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

by KK

 

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist/ Healthy Muffin Maker/ Mum🙂

 
Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

I read some where that you are supposed to eat 350g of vegetable a day.  For two adults, this is  about how much we should be eating.

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This is 1/2 onion, 1 egg plant, 1/3 carrot (can’t see), 1/2 green capsicum. 1/4 red capsicum and shallots. Wow. Imagine what you can cook with this.

A request I had from my husband, Hide, was that he wants to eat “Grandma Ma’s Spicy Tofu (麻婆豆腐)”. It’s not “Japanese food”, but a very popular and common dish eaten in Japan. It is a bit different to the authentic one you eat at Chinese restaurant, but here is our style of cooking it!

 

Ingredients:

-1/2 Tofu (about 200g)

-Vegetables written as above; if you don’t have all different types, don’t worry about it. I do recommend to include shallots and eggplants, it goes well with the sauce

-2 teaspoon Garlic, chopped finely

-2 teaspoon Ginger chopped finely

-2 teaspoon Chinese chili bean sauce (Toban Djan)

For the sauce

-150cc Chicken stock; you can use vegetable stock if you want to make it completely vegan, or even just with plain water if you don’t have stock at home.

-1 Tablespoon Sake; or dry white wine

-2 Tablespoon Soy sauce

-1 Tablespoon Organic raw sugar; or brown sugar

-1 Tablespoon Oyster sauce

-1 Tablespoon Korean hot pepper paste

-2 Tablespoon potato starch (This is to make the sauce really thick, if you don’t have it, don’t worry about it. I use it quite often in other cooking as well, and you can buy them at Asian grocery stores for about $2.50 a bag, I think…)

How to make:

Step 1: Chop all the vegetables, prepare the sauce (mix it all in a small bowl), boil some water

 

Step 2: Add salt (extra) into a pan with hot water and cook tofu; this is to remove excess water from the tofu and make it a bit firm; keep on cooking the tofu and simultaneously, heat sesame oil in a wok. Stir fry vegetables, add ginger, garlic and chinese chili bean sauce

 

Step 3: Add the sauce into wok, bring to boil, scoop tofu from the small pan and add them to the wok

 

Step 4: Bring to  boil, add mix potato starch with water(extra) and add to wok, mix slightly. Serve on a deep dish, or on rice and enjoy!

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I added some minced meat to it for my husband, but that is extra, you don’t have to put them in if you are vegetarian. If you want to add meat, you can use minced pork or minced pork and veal mix. 100g of meat is more than enough, just stir fry them with the vegetable at Step 2.

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