Tofu stir fry
12 oz package extra firm tofu
1 tbs chopped garlic
2/3 cup Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce
1 tbs sriracha sauce (a spicy Thai red chili sauce, usually with a rooster on the bottle)
8 oz can water chestnuts
8 oz can cut-up baby corn
Handful of shredded green cabbage and carrots (Just grab a handful from a bagged coleslaw mix in your grocer's produce section)
1 heaping spoonful of flour
1 tbs pepper
1 tbs kosher salt
White sushi rice
1 tbs rice wine vinegarStart off by removing the tofu from the package and cutting it in half. Pat the two pieces dry and place them on paper towels for about 20 minutes so that the towels absorb the excess moisture.
While the tofu is drying, place the rice in the rice cooker or a pot using a 3:1 water to rice ratio and add the rice wine vinegar. Cook according to directions or set it in a rice cooker.
After the tofu is dry, cut the pieces into cubes. Remember, they will cook more evenly if the pieces are equal size. Mix together the flour, pepper, and salt in a bowl. Dredge the cubes in the flour mixture and shake off the excess.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil in a large wok on a high flame. To see if the oil is hot enough, run your hand under the faucet and then shake a few drops into the wok. If the oil pops, it’s ready.
Once the oil is hot, turn the heat down to medium and add the garlic and the tofu. Stir until the tofu is lightly browned. Add in the baby corn, water chestnuts, and cabbage. Stir and then add the teriyaki sauce and sriracha. Mix thoroughly. Stir in a teaspoon of flour to the sauce, which will help it thicken. Once the vegetables are softened and the sauce is thickened, remove it from the heat until the rice is ready. Add more garlic powder and sriracha if you wish stronger flavors.When the rice is done, allow it to cool for a few minutes. Turn the heat under the wok back on to low while the rice cools, and sprinkle the tofu with the sesame seeds.
Serve the tofu with the rice on the side, or scoop the tofu and sauce on top of the rice. Serves four.
Itadakimasu! (Bon appétit in Japanese)