I’m always on the lookout for good tofu recipes. Tofu, or bean curd, is something that I discovered in my young manhood. And I’ve been a fan ever since. To me, Tofu by itself is tasteless. Yet the beauty of it is that it acquires the flavor of whatever seasoning you use. This is its crowning glory. And the recipe given below exemplifies that. It’s nothing less, or more, than tofu marinated in soy sauce and herbs and, then, for that added touch, sesame is added to the mix. You can’t go wrong with this one. Serve over steamed rice or noddles, this is a winner, In this case, I served the marinated tofu over Japanese green tea noodles, And it was delicious. It makes for a great vegetarian dinner. And even if you’re not a vegetarian, you’ll appreciate the mix of flavors this dish brings up.
Let me add that the Japanese green noodles I find in the stores come in a 22.57 ounce package. If you can find a 12.8-ounce package then you’re set. Otherwise use half of the 22.57 ounce package for a dinner for four.
1 pound package (14-ounce) of extra firm tofu, cut into ¾-inch cubes
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and mince
1 tablespoon ginger root, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons peanut oil
- In a medium bowl, combine tofu, soy sauce, garlic, ginger root and sugar. Stir to mix. Marinate or 2 hours.
- Remove tofu from marinade and roll in sesame seeds.
- In a wok or fry pan, heat peanut oil on medium heat. Add tofu along with marinade and cook tofu for 4 minutes.
- Serve over steamed rice or noodles.
Yield: 4 servings.