Crisp fried tofu squares

Crisp fried tofu squares

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From
The Real Food of China
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Leanne Kitchen

This dish was inspired by the spicy fried tofu we ate at the incredible night market in Kaifeng in northern China. With its slightly shambolic air and huge selection of interesting regional snacks, this market is a favourite of ours. There, the tofu is cooked on the back of a mobile cart and topped with grated carrot and coriander, but we’ve made an even easier version.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g firm tofu
3 teaspoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons chilli flakes
3 garlic cloves, crushed
100ml peanut oil
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 large handful coriander leaves, chopped
Strained chilli oil, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Cut the tofu into pieces about 3 cm square, then pat dry using paper towel. Combine the cumin, chilli flakes and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium–high heat, then add the tofu and cook for 3 minutes, or until golden. Turn the tofu over and cook for another 3–4 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle the cumin mixture over the tofu, turn over and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until deep golden, crisp and fragrant. Add the soy sauce and scatter over the coriander, then turn the tofu again to coat in the sauce. Transfer to a platter, pour any oil in the pan over the tofu and drizzle with chilli oil to taste, if desired. Serve immediately.
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