Agedashi tofu

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According to Tastefully Done, age means deep fried and dashi, of course, is the stock made with bonito flakes and kelp. Hence, agedashi tofu. For me, it's the queen of tofu dishes. Squares of fried delicate soft tofu served with a light salty-sweet sauce.Two characteristics make this dish stand out. First, the … »

Sweet and sticky meatballs and tofu

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Made with a cake of silken tofu and a cup of leftover lumpiang shanghai filling, this dish has just the right amount of meat, crunch, sweetness, spiciness and saltiness. Hoisin sauce makes the meatballs and tofu deliciously sticky. … »

Cooking with bits and pieces

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So, I mentioned the other day that I made a huge pot of broth by simmering scrap bones primarily to make my a la zuppa Toscana.I also mentioned that I poured the cooled broth into separate containers which went into the freezer. I will use the broth, one container at a time, when I want to make soup in the coming … »

Chicken, tofu, shiitake and spinach stir fry

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My mother is arriving tomorrow and staying for a couple of days. She's 74 years old, a retired trial court judge who still has a pretty active social life and who likes to go shopping as a form of exercise. Yeah, you read that right. She goes shopping to exercise. She says all that walking when she shops is exercise. … »

Silken tofu with four sauces

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Some say that the appreciation for tofu is an acquired taste. You either like it or you don't. Of course, that is being simplistic. What you like, or don't, is not something that happened overnight. Rather, it is the result of years and years of eating habits which, in turn, are influenced by culture, economic status and … »

Tofu: General Tso’s style

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One of the most widely known Chinese dishes outside of Asia is General Tso’s chicken -- floured bite-size chicken pieces fried until crisp then tossed in sweet-salty sauce. This is the no-meat version using silken tofu. Instead of the usual onion leaves, the saucy tofu cubes were garnished with snipped cilantro and toasted … »

Chicken, tofu and spinach stir-fry

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A little chicken goes a long, long way. Two well-seasoned chicken thigh fillets were cut into bite-size pieces, stir fried with garlic and ginger, tossed with silken tofu and blanched spinach. A drizzle of fish sauce, light soy sauce and lemon juice were added and lunch was ready.Sounds simple, right? And it is. … »

The quickest pork and tofu curry ever

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Ground pork and lightly fried firm tofu cubes make the base for this tasty and fast-cooking curried dish. If you aren't into tofu, you can omit it. I added tofu because I love tofu and I find that an otherwise too-heavy dish becomes so much lighter and easier to digest when tofu replaces part of the meat. … »

Bangus (milkfish) and kinugoshi (silken) tofu with three sauces

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It has always been my opinion that to become a good cook, one has to be confident about his skills and taste. And by that, I don't mean professional training. No, not at all. Rather, I mean the ability to think outside the box, to never feel limited by the lack of access to certain ingredients and to never feel insecure for … »

Tuna and tofu spring rolls

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There is so much that needs to be said about these tuna and tofu spring rolls recipe. First, it is possible to generously feed four people using a 180-gram can of tuna. Second, tofu is a great extender. Third, San Marino tuna fillet in water is not so very tasty. I used a can of tuna, go see the previous post, added chopped … »