Monday, March 17, 2008

tasty tofu

It took me a long to learn to enjoy tofu. In fact, it took traveling to China in 1996 for me to really understand all the different ways tofu can be used. Lately I've been playing with a new preparation—one that I completely blame on Trader Joe's.

Take one block of extra firm tofu. Press it to get some of the water out. Cut into strips approximately 3/4" thick. Marinate with the TJ's Soyaki sauce, just enough to cover all the pieces and leave a little liquid left over. Let soak for approximately half an hour, then lay the strips out on foil-covered broiler pan. Place under broiler for seven minutes, then turn the pieces and spoon the leftover liquid on the them. Broil for another seven minutes and drizzle the last of the liquid on them when you pull them out.

I served these with snowpeas and carrots steamed and tossed with toasted sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar, and good soy sauce, and rice.

Lastly, drizzle a little sriricha on the side of the plate. Perfect!