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Asian Lunch Part 1: Pan Fried Tofu

In by Amy, Cooking for N00bs, The Everyday Foodie on October 4 at 12:59 pm

Cooking time: 15 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 10/4/2009

Sandra, John, and I ventured out early in the morning for a grocery run. When we returned, John and I decided to make an Asian lunch, since we’re tired of being fat and adding lots of butter to everything.

First item on the menu: Sandra’s pan fried tofu.

Pan fried tofu, served with soy sauce and sesame oil, topped with fresh green onions.

Pan fried tofu, served with soy sauce and sesame oil, topped with fresh green onions.

We first enjoyed this dish a couple of weeks ago when Sandra was making a quick dinner for her boyfriend. It’s also an incredibly easy recipe, which convinced me to try it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 block tofu (I used firm)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • Salt, pepper
  • Green onions
  • Soy sauce and sesame oil to taste

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Preparation: Slice the tofu into rectangles (can be any shape you wish). On the side, mix the flour, and a bit of salt and pepper (we put some salt, and a lot of pepper) together. In another bowl, beat the egg.

Our assembly line: clockwise from bottom left, our sliced tofu, salt/pepper/flour mixture, and egg.

Our assembly line: clockwise from bottom left, our sliced tofu, salt/pepper/flour mixture, and egg.

Cooking: Dip each tofu square in the egg, and then in the flour mixture. Cook over medium heat until golden brown/crispy on both sides.

On the side, mix together soy sauce and sesame oil. Sesame oil is pretty strong, so we didn’t use that much. Chop the green onions until fine. Sprinkle sauce and green onions over tofu. Serve alone or with rice.

Alternatively: if you’re too scared to try the pan frying, you can try a simplified version (albeit less tasty, in my opinion). I’ve never made it, but I have had friends who have.

Slice one block of tofu into cubes.

Pour soy sauce over it.

Sprinkle with green onions or dried seaweed mixture. Enjoy with rice.

P.S. I added a new category today — “Cooking for N00bs.” Click on that category if you’re a budding chef and would like to try out some easy recipes.

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