Friday, February 17, 2012

General Tso's Tofu

My poor camera. The screen won't come on, so I can't choose my manual functions, which means I can't turn off the flash, and I can't see the photo after I've taken it. It's like living in 1988!

Therefore you have to see this wonderful dish all flash-y and yuck. But the food... it is anything but.

I still can't believe I ate tofu AND brown rice in one meal and I didn't die. In fact... I loved it. This sauce is the best.

I'm really, really sad there is none in my house right now.

I'm not crying. I have something in my eye.

1 block firm tofu, drained and pressed. You can even freeze it overnight, and it changes the texture.
1 egg, beaten (or egg replacer, if you want vegan)
3/4 cup cornflour
vegetable oil
3 chopped green onions
1 tbs minced ginger
1 tbs minced garlic (2-3 cloves)
2/3 cup vegetable stock
4 tbs soy sauce
4 tbs brown sugar
red pepper flakes
1 tbs dry sherry
1 tbs white vinegar
steamed broccoli


1. Drain and squeeze tofu and cut into dice.

2. Marinate it for as long as you desire in a mixture of green onions, ginger, garlic, stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, pepper flakes, sherry and white vinegar.

3. Remove tofu from marinade with slotted spoon and toss tofu with egg/egg replacer to coat.

4. Sprinkle cornflour over and toss to coat.

5. Heat oil in pan and dry tofu pieces until golden. Set aside.

6. Remove garlic, ginger and green onion (or as much of it as possible) from the marinade with a slotted spoon, and fry in oil a minute or two. Add the rest of marinade mixture and return tofu to the pan.

7. Mix 2 tbs water with 1 tbs cornflour and pour into sauce, stirring constantly until slightly thickened and everything is heated through.

8. Add broccoli and serve over rice.

Adapted from here.


  1. That looks really good...and the photo is great too!

  2. As thank you! It's not how I usually like to take them. I hate flash! Tastes good though :-D

  3. An enjoyable, yummy meal with Tofu AND brown rice? I'm only believing it because it's you!! :)
    Really excited to try it actually - thanks for the tip! x

  4. Yum! Cornflour coated fried tofu is soooo yum and the marinade sounds delish. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I love the picture. I love tofu with rice. Never try it with broccoli  before. Thank for the recipe:) "Chinese love this type of food":)

  6. You're welcome! Sauce is awesome.

  7. Brown rice AND tofu in the one (admittedly very delicious looking) dish? Next thing you know you'll be throwing in some freekah and some quinoa and, well, actually, we'll probably never see you again... please don't do that. x

  8. Tofu is one of my favourite foods, so trying this!

  9. I really, really wish I loved it!