Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fried Tofu with Garlic, Soy Sauce, Vinegar & Chile Dipping Sauce

If you gave me a choice between french fries or fried tofu, well the answer should be obvious. Even if you're not fond of tofu (you know who I'm talkin' about Dan, you tofu-shunning man...), this fried version is, well, just really, really good. Two tips: it's best to use soft tofu for this dish (crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside) and also to serve it hot. 

2 1-lb. containers of soft tofu
6 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. water
2 scallions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 red chiles, seeded & sliced
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 cups vegetable oil

1. Cut each block of tofu into 8 pieces. Place back into its container and let drain for about 20 minutes. Drain, place on a cutting board & blot dry with paper towels.

2. Combine all remaining ingredients except for the vegetable oil into a medium bowl. Stir together to combine & set aside.

3. Heat 4 cups of vegetable oil in a wok over high heat to 350F. Blot the tofu cubes with paper towels again, and add to the oil with tongs or a slotted spoon (you will probably have to cook the tofu in 2 batches so as not to overcrowd the pan). Fry for about 4 minutes, then turn the tofu cubes over & continue frying for another 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Fry the 2nd batch of tofu cubes in the same way.

4. Arrange the fried tofu on a plate & serve with dipping sauce on the side. Best served hot. 

Cut each tofu blocks into 8 pieces. Drain well & blot dry with paper towels before frying.

Red chiles, scallions, cilantro and garlic.

Fry the tofu in hot oil (350F), 4 minutes per side or until golden brown.

Drain the tofu on paper towels.

Serve hot with dipping sauce on the side.


  1. Great recipe! I'll try it ASAP... :)

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