Silken Tofu; a wok to remember!
You love tofu, or you do not know how to prepare it well; there is no way in between.
Tofu has been a part of cuisines for centuries; however, it is mostly misunderstood, even relived due to its bland taste, which is truly a shame. Because once you learn the art of turning silken tofu into decadent delicacies, you will always want more.
The amazing thing about tofu is that it is extremely versatile, and you can turn it into anything you want, a dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth or a savory dish to keep your fiery taste buds happy!
Sweet and Sour Silken Tofu
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- ½ tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- 5 Oz Cubed, silken tofu (you can use firm tofu as well)
- 3 tbsp Cornstarch
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- ½ tsp Garlic powder (optional)
- Extra virgin olive oil to taste (but if you plan on deep frying the tofu, you will need a skillet with enough oil to fry)
Sweet and sour tofu sauce:
- 2 tbsp Sugar(any kind you want)
- 1 tbsp Tomato paste or ketchup
- ½ tbsp Apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp Soy sauce
- 3 tbsp water (50 ml) or as required because the consistency of sauce depends on your likeness
- 1-2 tsp Cornstarch
- 1 Carrot, chopped (optional
- ½ Green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
- ½ Onion, chopped (optional)
- Note: you can add as many or as few vegetables as you want
For the Sweet and Sour crispy tofu
Press and tear the tofu into 1-2 inch pieces. Add the soy sauce and all the dry ingredients and toss well to coat. Make sure all the pieces are covered completely.
Heat a pan over medium-high heat, and add the oil. Fry all the pieces for 6-8minutes until golden brown and crisp. Or, if you want to make it more healthy, you can sauté or pan fry the cubes in a little olive oil till the tofu gets crisp.
Sweet and Sour Silken Tofu Sauce
Take the tofu out of the pan and in the same pan, toss in all the chopped veggies ,and sauté them.
Take another bowl. Put the sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and garlic powder in it and whisk well until combined. (You can thicken the sauce as you like).
Mix the sauce with the veggies and add the crispy tofu to it. Stir well to combine and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens up a little.
Take it off the stove and garnish it with sesame seeds or chopped scallions.
Serve while hot!
Sweet and Sour Silken Tofu; to satisfy your cravings!
A few minutes in the kitchen with silken tofu is worth putting a divine cuisine on the table.
Vegan or not, tofu is a staple in many kitchens, especially when you are looking for a meat substitute. It makes excellent meat-alike dishes that even your kids cannot resist.
But, but! If you do not know how to tackle the silken tofu and adjust it into your dishes, even you will hate it, but once you get the hang of it, there is no way back. Hence, to eliminate all the chances of “not liking” silken tofu, I have perfected an avant-garde sweet and sour tofu recipe that is going to be your family’s favorite for life!
What is the nutritional and caloric value of silken tofu?
Who does not want health and taste in a bowl?
I mean, I would love that; it is a complete win-win.
Silken tofu is a delicious meat alternative; it is a healthy food rich in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and iron with low calories. If you embark on a weight loss journey, the high protein content in tofu makes a great appetite and helps you stay full for a longer period.
One serving (100 grams) of silken tofu contains 85 calories, so I guess that is not that bad.
Do you need a side dish or any add-ons with sweet and sour silken tofu?
Sweet and sour silken tofu is a cuisine in itself, and you do not need to go the extra mile to prepare any side dish.
Crisp from the outside and soft, silky from the inside; you would never miss pork in your life again. You can pair sweet and sour tofu with noodles or fried rice if you want. Because when you are going plant-based yet, you crave Chinese food, it is your way to go.
Can you store Sweet and sour tofu?
When you have a family to take care of or a job to run for, you cannot always find time to cook a healthy meal for yourself. Therefore, the food you already made and stored in batches can be your savior.
I am usually short on time and health-conscious, and a tofu lover makes sweet and sour tofu and the sauce and stores them in separate batches. They can go for a good 2-3 weeks in the fridge and a couple of months in the freezer.
Tips to take up the Sweet and Sour Silken Tofu game:
- To make the tofu a little more crispy, add some cornstarch.
- Tofu is bland, it is your job to flavor it, and the major step is to press to remove all the liquid from it so that it absorbs all the flavors that you are going to use.
- Instead of cubing the tofu, tearing it gives more edges, making tofu more crispy when cooked.
Tofu is never boring; your life sure is without it!
If someone says tofu is not a food to eat, eat them too!
The moment you try this recipe, you will never bear a word against silken tofu. So what are you waiting for? Get all the ingredients and invite your family over for the weekend.