I love Chinese take out, but sometimes it’s hard to find a great place (especially since we moved from NYC to Atlanta), and after eating all that MSG I get a massive headache. However, I can never seem to get my favorite recipes replicated just right….until now. After seeing a recipe for some General Tso’s Chicken, I thought, ‘Why can’t I make this with tofu?’ The meat is really just he vehicle for the sauce, right?
I knew that I wanted to get nice crispy tofu though, and wanted to mix it up instead of baking or dry frying the tofu like how I usually make it. I looked up some different ways to fry tofu, because I’ve never actually straight up fried it before. Turns out it’s easy. I usually have an aversion to frying, and since I don’t have any special frying appliance it seems intimidating. In this case, it’s not. I used a method called ‘shallow’ frying, which means the whole object isn’t submerged in oil; basically just the bottom and you turn flip it around on each side to get the crispiness you are looking for. It was easy and it worked great. This tofu was SO good, even without the sauce. Making the sauce I was kind of skeptical because of the ingredients (um, ketchup?), but I thought it would turn out fine because usually these sauces seem a little funky in the beginning, and then they turn out fabulous. The Hoisin Sauce is clutch here! It didn’t just turn out great though, it was amazing! This is by far the best replica of any Chinese food I have made. You could definitely use this sauce on chicken, veggies, plain rice…whatever! It is sooo tasty! You could also modify the spice amount by either increasing or reducing the red pepper flakes. Personally, I like it hot so I will add more next time. The recipe listed is pretty mild spice wise.
I love putting this General Tso’s Tofu over rice, but it would also be great with added veggies or even quinoa in place of the rice! This recipe turns out to be really cheap too. I bet you have most if not all of the sauce ingredients in your pantry, and tofu is like $2 a box! Next time, I am doubling this and using 2 blocks of tofu! So delicious!
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