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Tofu, General Tso’s style



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 sesame seeds. Delicious as a snack or as a complete meal.

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Inspired by a recipe from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch.

Tofu, General Tso's style

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4
Author: Connie Veneracion


  • 300 grams silken tofu
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch or corn starch
  • 3/4 cup cooking oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 small handful cilantro snipped or torn
  • 2 generous pinches toasted sesame seeds
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  • Cut the tofu into two-inch cubes.
  • Place the tofu cubes in a bowl. Add the starch. Toss around lightly (and carefully!) to coat each piece of tofu evenly with starch.
  • Heat the cooking oil. Fry the tofu cubes until lightly browned and a light, crisp crust forms. Scoop out and drain on paper towels.
  • Pour off the cooking oil.
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  • Reheat the pan and pour in the rice wine, rice vinegar, soy sauce and hoisin sauce.
  • Stir in the chili flakes and sugar. Stir and heat until simmering. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the tofu cubes to the sauce. Toss to each each cube with sauce.
  • Transfer the tofu and sauce to a shallow bowl. Sprinkle with cilantro and sesame seeds.
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Tofu, General Tso’s style