Cooking with Tofu

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It's time for the Western cook to finally admit something: Western cuisine has badly handled tofu.

Yes, it's true that tofu contains the same amount of protein as meat. But that doesn't mean a cook can use tofu the same way as meat. You can't, for example, substitute cubed tofu for cubed beef in a stew.

Nope, there's only one way to use tofu -- and that's in the recipes of the region where tofu originated: China and Japan.

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A Sample Recipe - Tofu, Mushroom and Avocado stir-fry

You will need:

  • 1 inch-long piece of fresh Ginger roughly chopped (why grate?)
  • 8 big or 12 small button mushrooms, cut into wedges
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 6 to 8oz (170 - 200g) firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Generous splash of Soy sauce (Kikkoman, preferably, or light soy sauce)
  • One Avocado, cubed
  • At least 6 spring onions 1, cut into inch-long pieces
  1. Set your burner on high and heat up a wok or heavy frying pan.
  2. Add 2 tbsp. vegetable oil (peanut is recommended, but corn or canola oil will do as well). After a few minutes, touch a bamboo chopstick to the oil; if it bubbles, it's ready.
  3. Stir-fry ginger for 30 seconds.
  4. Add mushrooms and green pepper. Stir-fry until mushrooms are coated in oil and starting to wilt. Continue to stir.
  5. Add cubed tofu – stir to coat in oil then immediately throw in a generous splash of soy sauce (enough to colour all the tofu cubes).
    Cook for a minute.
  6. Add avocado cubes, stirring them in gently so they don’t get squashed. Let it stay long enough to get some heat – perhaps 30 seconds - remember that pan is hot.
  7. Add spring onions, stir once to distribute evenly, then take off the heat, pour into a large dish and serve immediately.

The whole thing should only take about five minutes to cook.

Serve as part of a Chinese meal. Serves 2 generously, and up to 4 as part of a selection of dishes.

1Also called scallions or green onions

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