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Old 04-04-2011, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default Dare I ask... Tofu?

So all I ever see here is meat threads, for the most part. I'm a huge meat water myself, and I love those threads.

However, in the interest of expanding my horizons, I bought a block of tofu last week. Having never cooked it before, I was wondering if anyone here had any tips? Baked, fried, broiled... whatever. Lay em on me!

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:18 AM   #2
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Fry it in small cubes until golden. Drain it from the oil, then cook it like you would chicken.

Don't stir it too much when cooking. Just enough to keep it from sticking.

A bit of soy sauce adds colour and flavour.

You can slice it into patties, and line a plate with paper towels. Place the tofu slices on the paper towels, and leave to drain in fridge over night. This dries it out enough to give it a nice firm texture, and allows it to marinate well with whatever flavour you wish. Ginger marinades are good. You can add ginger, soy sauce, garlic, and a bit of sesame oil. Marinate, then fry. Serve with rice and veggies. Pairs well with a sharp beer. An IPA, cream ale, or lager.

You can also barbecue these tofu slices with a quick garlic and beer marinade, and some sliced up peppers. Serve this with spanish rice, fried onions, and corn tortillas. Lot's of hot sauce, and a brown ale.

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:20 AM   #3
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First thing I'd do is get some of the water out. Some paper towels and a couple plates will take care of that. A little bit of weight on top will squeeze the water out.

Couple things you can do:
Chop it up and put it in a flavorful curry. Tofu doesn't have much flavor, but it's really good at sucking up flavor from the dish. I'm not a veggie but I prefer tofu in some Thai curries for that reason.

One thing my wife likes to do is to cube and bread the tofu in rice flour and fry til crispy. It's good dipped in a soy sauce/rice vinegar mix.

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Old 04-04-2011, 04:27 AM   #4
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Gotta go grilled. Buy a nice big piece, slice into 1/2" wide strips. Marinate it a mod sauce for a few house. Rub down with a light beef or chicken rub and grill just till you have a little bit of char. So good!!

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Try smoking it. Then fry it.

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errmm....and I don't mean roll the tofu into a joint btw lol

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Stuff it with sausage and wrap in bacon.





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Stuff it with sausage and wrap in bacon.

I like the way you think!
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One of my favorite tofu recipes is to slice it thin (~1/4") and lay it in a baking pan. Next, I drizzle it with a spicy Thai peanut butter sauce and then sprinkle it with scallions. Bake for ~30 minutes and serve with rice. Delicious.

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One of my favorite tofu recipes is to slice it thin (~1/4") and lay it in a baking pan. Next, I drizzle it with a spicy Thai peanut butter sauce and then sprinkle it with scallions. Bake for ~30 minutes and serve with rice. Delicious.
Thai peanut butter? or, do you just mean Thai Peanut Sauce?

That actually sounds REALLY good (with peanut sauce). Only I'd be inclined to add a layer of "Kicap" (sweet dark soy)flash sauteed Bean Sprouts too.
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