Hoisin sauce and black bean sauce add a rich color and flavor to this crispy fried tofu with chili garlic sauce. Cooks in 15 minutes.
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Crispy Fried Tofu With Chili Garlic Sauce

Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Keyword Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 1 300-gram cake firm tofu
  • cooking oil for frying
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili garlic sauce (available at the Asian section of better groceries)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon black bean sauce (available at the Asian section of better groceries)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon hoisin sauce (available at the Asian section of better groceries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • sliced scallions to garnish

Instructions

  • Rinse the tofu and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  • In a wok or frying pan, heat enough oil to reach a depth of at least three inches.
  • Fry the tofu over high heat until golden and crisp. Scoop out and transfer to a strainer.
  • Pour off the oil leaving only about a teaspoonful.
  • Reheat the oil and saute the sliced onion until just starting to turn soft, about a minute.
  • Add the fried tofu back to the pan.
  • Add the sauces. Pour in about a quarter cup of water. Tip: You may mix the three sauces with water before pouring into the pan to make everything simpler.
  • Cook, tossing, until the tofu pieces are heated through and evenly coated with sauce.
  • Off the heat, drizzle in the sesame seed oil and toss the tofu a few more times.
  • Transfer the crispy fried tofu with chili garlic sauce to a serving bowl or individual bowls. Sprinkle with sliced scallions before serving.