Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tofu Stir fry/Chilli Tofu

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Tofu is an alternative for paneer.Though its a compromise in taste to use tofu instead of paneer,it is more prefered by me because of the low calorie content and i prepare mostly chinese dishes with Tofu.So many recipes for chinese cooking calls for either fish sauce or oyster sauce,which i wont use as i am a vegetarian.But we get the unique taste of any dish if we use the proper ingredients required to prepare it.I got a tip from a cooking show for replacing Fish sauce,but i was still not sure of any other alternative for oyster sauce(Fish sauce can be replaced by adding soya sauce and vinegar in equal quantities).Recently during my shopping i saw Ching's All-in-one stir fry sauce and it suits my requirements perfectly and then i bought it.I had a block of Tofu lying in the fridge which was about to expire in a couple of days.So i thought of preparing some thing with Tofu using my recent buy All-in-one sauce.I regularly watch Kylie Kwong's show but never noted any recipe as its purely non-vegetarian.With my enough knowledge of chinese cooking i wanted to try this stir fry recalling the steps of her cooking,and believe me...the All-in-one sauce has done its magic,it added a new flavour and taste to the dish which we can empty the plate at one go...
1 Block of firm Tofu
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 capsicum
1 onion
2-3 fresh red chillies
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
2 tbsp onion(or spring onion white part) finely chopped
1 bunch spring onions finely chopped
1 tbsp Ching's All-in-one sauce(vegetarian oyster sauce)
1/2 tsp soya sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
2-3 tbsp sesame oil

Cut Tofu into cubes and place it on the tissue paper for 15- 20 mins to remove extra water.On a shallow pan fry fry Tofu until golden colour(use less oil)chop the bell peppers,capsicum and onion into 1" cubes.
In a wok,on a high flame heat the sesame oil and fry garlic and finely chopped onion until crisp,add chopped red chillies and fry for a minute.Add the chopped bell peppers,capsicum and onion and stir fry for 2-3 mins.Add fried Tofu,All-in-one sauce,soya sauce,salt and toss it until everything is mixed well and cook on high for 2-3 mins.
Remove and serve hot with the spring onions on top.
This goes well with chinese fried rice or as a starter.


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