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Sweet and sour tofu

Limited sugar/honey is sufficient for this to work well. The trick is to cook each ingredient just the right amount, by cooking separately. For example keep the carrots and broccoli crunchy.

Sweet and sour tofu

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste (ketchup works in emergency)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or sugar/maple syrup)

Cook

  • 1/2 head small broccoli , cut into bite size florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 500 gr firm tofu
  • 1/2 small onion , sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger , minced
  • Cornstarch

Tofu marinade

  • soy sauce
  • honey

Instructions

Dry the tofu between paper towels. Cut in small pieces and marinate in the tofu mix in a bag. Just before use, drain liquid and coat in cornstarch.

Mix all the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce in a bowl and set aside.

Boil a bit of water in a pan and cook the brocolli until it reaches the desired texture (1 min). Set aside in the final serving bowl and dry and reuse the pan.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Spread the tofu and cook without disturbing until it runs golden (about 5 min). Flip and repeat on the other side. Set aside in plate.

Heat 1 Tbsp oill over medium heat and stir fry onion until golden (2 min).

Add garlic and ginger and stir a bit until fragnant.

Add the sweet and sour sauce and cooked tofu. Stir gently to mix well with the sauce.

Cook until the sauce thickens (2-3 min).

Pour the tofu and all the sauce on top of the brocooli in the serving bowl. Serve with steamed rice or noodles on the side.

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Sweet and sour tofu

Limited sugar is sufficient for this to work well. The trick is to quick each ingredient just the right amount, by cooking separately.

Sweet and sour tofu

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sugar) (*Footnote 1)

Cook

  • 1/2 head small broccoli , cut into bite size florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 500 gr firm tofu
  • 1/2 small onion , sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger , minced
  • Cornstarch

Tofu marinade

  • soy sauce
  • honey

Instructions

Dry the tofu between paper towels. Cut in small pieces and marinate in the tofu mix in a bag. Just before use, drain liquid and coat in cornstarch.

Mix all the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce in a bowl and set aside.

Boil a bit of water in a pan and cook the brocolli until it reaches the desired texture (1 min). Set aside in the final serving bowl and dry and reuse the pan.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Spread the tofu and cook without disturbing until it runs golden (about 5 min). Flip and repeat on the other side. Set aside in plate.

Heat 1 Tbsp oill over medium heat and stir fry onion until golden (2 min).

Add garlic and ginger and stir a bit until fragnant.

Add the sweet and sour sauce and cooked tofu. Stir gently to mix well with the sauce.

Cook until the sauce thickens (2-3 min).

Pour the tofu and all the sauce on top of the brocoolin in the serving bowl. Serve with steamed rice or noodles on the side.

Notes

Although most recipes use quite a lot of sugar in this type of dish, I personally think 1 tablespoon of maple syrup creates a great sweet-sour profile with the tomato paste. Adjust the sweetness by adding another 1 to 3 tablespoons of syrup to suit your taste.

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Braised mushroom chicken

Perfect for winter, the mushrooms absorb chicken flavour and the chicken absorbs mushroom flavour.

Braised mushroom chicken

Ingredients

  • 35 gr dry shitake mushroom
  • 1.5 Kg chicken legs with bone
  • 2 Tbsp wine
  • 1 cm2 ginger
  • 1 star anise
  • 300 gr fresh mushrooms
  • 6 spring onions, cut
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Preparation

Rehydrate dried mushroom in warm water until soft (20-30 min).

Wash chicken and add water to cover. Bring to boil and continue in medium heat. Collect any foam from the surface.

Add wine, ginger, anice and simmer for 20 min.

Wash mushrooms.

Add green oinion, soy sauces, sugar, salt. Mix well.

Add mushrooms on top and simmer in low heat for 20-30 min until chicken is soft.

Turn to high heat and boil uncovered until the sauce is thick enough to cover chicken.

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