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#1 Old 08-25-2008, 04:11 PM
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Ok please bear with me as I have no natural talent when it comes to cooking, lol. Anyway, I'm planning on making stir fried veggies and tofu with a jarred thai peanut sauce for dinner tomorrow night. I've never cooked with tofu before. How do I do this? Do I have to marinate the tofu first? Does it go in the wok before or after the veggies?

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#2 Old 08-25-2008, 04:20 PM
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The way I like it is pressing the tofu between paper towels (about a half hour), cubing it, and frying the tofu cubes in oil until golden, then add in the veggies. Depends on how you like the texture.
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There is certainly an art to making tofu - do it wrong and it's blah, do it right and it's amazing.



You'll want to start off with firm (or better yet - extra firm) tofu. Slice it into 6-8 slices and place these slices on a paper towel and wrap with a dishtowel (you can omit the paper towel if you know your dish towel is really clean ) Set a cutting board on top and something else very heavy on top of that (a pot full of water will do the trick). You may need to change the towels if they get very wet. The idea is to remove as much of the water as possible. (Think of tofu as a sponge - it has water in it and you have to remove it to get your marinade to soak into it). You can then chop the tofu up into cubes and put it in your marinade, if you're using any (you could use the sauce for the marinade). I like using soy sauce + water + garlic and random spices for a marinade, fry up separate and then add later.



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What I've been doing lately is marinating extra firm tofu in soy sauce and whatever sauce i'm using for the stir fry and then dredging it in shake and bake (or make your own) and fry them up seperately. I haven't bothered to press it out, I usually buy the shrink wrapped tofu, so it's pretty dry to begin with.

It's gone over really well with DH and DS.
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thanks, these are great ideas! I'm really psyched about this because I didn't realize my husband was open to eating tofu and it turns out he is...but of course that means I can't screw it up or else he'll change his mind (the shake and bake thing would be great for him). How long do I need to marinate it in the sauce so it gets the flavor?

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thanks, these are great ideas! How long do I need to marinate it in the sauce so it gets the flavor?



It will absorb more the longer you leave it - try to give it at least 10-15 minutes, but more is better.
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I usually leave it for an hour or so, but the other day I left it in all day and just kept flipping the tofu around in it.
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I usually make it by sauteeing garlic and onions in olive oil for a few minutes, then add , tofu, peppers and stuff like that and fry for a couple minutes, then add soy sauce, a tiny bit of vinegar, about a teaspoon (or more?) of sugar and paprika, salt, and pepper. Yummmerrrss!!! I'm not sure what peanut sauce tastes like, but I'm sure it would work the same!!



Also, if you ever need ideas for like different stif fries, I LOVE these things!! MOST of them are vegan. (I think one has like anchovies?) But all the rest are labelled in red letters "Vegan!" haha. Anyway, you just make your stirfry things and then add the sauce on top and mix with the noodles!



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Tofu browns better "dry" than marinated.

I usually marinate overnight. I'll press my tofu then leave it marinating in tupperware overnight til dinner time... if I'm marinating it.. though things like soy sauce I can get by with an hour or two.

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