Tofu is a popular ingredient in Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese cooking, as well as in other South East Asian dishes. Due to it’s ability to absorb flavours it is very tasty in soups, taking on all the flavours of the dish and making a particularly delightful addition to traditional Japanese miso soups. For the same reason tofu is also delicious when marinated, before adding it to a Chinese stir fry dish; here is a great marinade recipe:
• 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
• 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
• 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon chili paste
• 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
• 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Both deep fried tofu and dry fried tofu are delectable with a good dipping sauce. Best results are achieved when the tofu is drained first. To drain, place the tofu on a cutting board, wrapped in paper towel or towel, place a heavy object such as a bowl of water or a book on top of the tofu, allow to drain for 15 minutes, you may need to change the paper towel or towel if it gets too wet.
If you are looking for a good quality tofu as well as the authentic ingredients for a marinade you will find them at TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne. they also stock the different types of miso, dipping sauces, fresh produce and all the spices and flavourings you need to create a sumptuous Asian style dish, They are conveniently open 7 days from 10am to 11pm.