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General Tso's tofu - How to cook in 3 simple steps (great vegetarian dish)

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Taste of Asian Food


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The idea of making General Tso's tofu came from the request from diners who are looking for vegetarian dishes. It is a pan-fry tofu dish coated with the same sauce for General Tso's chicken. The tofu soaks up the flavor like a sponge and makes it exceptionally flavorful.


For marinating the tofu (A)

  • 600g of firm tofu (2 blocks)
  • 1 tsp 5-spice powder
  • 4 slices ginger, bashed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp (5g) sugar


For the Sauce: (B)

  • 1/2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


For sautéing (C)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons scallion, cut
  • 1 dry red chili (optional), cut to 2cm sections


Others (D)

  • Sufficient cornstarch to coat the tofu
  • Chopped scallion and red chili to garnish



- Cut the firm tofu into 1-inch squares.

- Prepare the marinade for the tofu by combining the ingredients in A.

- Bring it to a boil to dissolve the sugar.

- Marinate the tofu for one hour.

- Coat the tofu with cornflour.

- Pan-fry the tofu until golden brown.

- Coarsely chop the garlic, ginger, and scallion.

- Prepare the General Tso's sauce by combining ingredients in B.

- Saute the aromatics until fragrance.

- Add the General Tso's sauce.

- Add the tofu and combine well.

- Garnish with chili and scallion. Serve.


Source: Taste of Asian Food. Reproduced with permission.

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