Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Salt and Pepper Tofu with Asian Salad

I love tofu dishes and have long wanted to make salt and pepper from my Women's Weekly cookbook.  So tonight I finally made it because my boss gave me all the ingredients! You see I work casual shifts at a Chinese restaurant but my boss left to China with her family today so she gave me all her left over ingredients.  In fact, I am going to join her in China in a few weeks which I am very excited for.  But back to this recipe...it is so flavourful and easy to make.  I love the crunch of the deep-fried tofu and then the silk interior.  Also, I actually cooked my vegetables but the recipe calls for uncooked vegetables to create a salad.

Ingredients
1 x 300g packet fresh firm tofu
1 small red capiscum, sliced thinly
100g snowpeas, sliced thinly
1 cup bean sprouts
1 small carrot sliced thinly
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
3/4 tbsp black pepper
3/4 tbsp salt
good pinch of curry powder
1/3 cup plain flour

Ingredients for Dressing
2 tbsp peanut oil
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
+ oil for deepfrying

Method
Cut tofu block into 16 pieces.  Lay them out on absorbent papper and stand them for 15 minutes to allow excess water to seep out.  Meanwhile, combine capsicum, snow pea, sprouts and coriander in a bowl.  Combine pepper, salt, curry powder and flour in a separate bowl; coat tofu pieces in this powdery mixture.  Heat oil in a wok/or fry pan, once hot carefully place the covered tofu pieces into the wok and cook, turning now and then, until golden-brown.   Drain on absorbent paper.  Serve salad topped with tofu.  Serve with dressing on the side.

38 comments:

  1. Oh my, a savory dish! It looks great. I hope you talk about all the food you get to eat in China on here ;) I love hearing about authentic foods.

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  2. that looks amazing! and that dressing must be delicious. Tofu is GOOD STUFF.

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  3. J'adore ce plat Brittany, tout y a l'air bon. J'aime aussi beaucoup le tofu!

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  4. I love tofu too! Deep frying it is really good cos it can crumble if you just stiry fry it sometimes. And you're going to China? That's amazing :) Blogspot is blocked there but I do hope to hear more about that trip before and after you go :)

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  5. You're going to china! Fun!!
    This dish looks yummy, I've never tried cooking tofu at home.

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  6. THis looks really good! I love getting tofu out at Asian restaurants, but I can never make it well at home- turns into soggy mush and the Booze Hound is not impressed. At least I can look at your picture, and maybe I'll try deep frying it some time! Excited for you and your trip!

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  7. Your tofu dish looks delicious! We love tofu too. Having tofu on top of vegetable salad sounds fabulous! A trip to China? You must be really excited!

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  8. Tofu is my favorite ingredient. I usually simmer the tofu in a broth with lots of great aroma and herbs. Think of the tofu as a sponge which absorbs tons of flavours. That's the joy of this ingredient, and that's why I love it so much.

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  9. I have some tofu in the fridge and now I have a great recipe! I may use grapeseed oil. Thanks, Brittany.
    Kirsten

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  10. Oh, Brittany, one more thing. You are missing a recipe print button. It is very easy to install and makes it so convenient for your readers to take the recipe with them. May you would like to consider installing one. Thanks. Kirsten

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  11. You're going to China! That's so exciting!!! I don't like tofu unfortunately, but I love Asian salads!

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  12. Great recipe Brittany! And CONGRATS on going to China! : )

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  13. Aren't you lucky! Free ingredients AND a trip to China! That tofu looks yummy. :)

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  14. Hi Brittany ,
    This looks amazing, I will have to try this out :)Have fun in China! That should be a fun getaway! hugs
    Manni

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  15. Looks really good! I had fun in China... I hope the same for you too!! :D

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  16. I am not crazy about tofu but thei sounds great. Will give it a go. Diane

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  17. I love salt and pepper tofu, it always hits a savoury craving in the best way. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. That looks tempting.I am not so fond of it,still.
    Going to China,great! Have wonderful times!

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  19. looks de-lish. I love any type of Asian-inspired foods! Regarding your blog comment, I had no idea that Aussie didn't do Easter decor! Germany is by far my favorite country for Easter stuff. If you have some time, go onto ebay.de and do a search for Ostern. You'll find LOADS of stuff! -diane
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  20. That sounds delicious! I have some tofu in the fridge, now I now what I'll be eating for lunch tomorrow :)

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  21. brittany, this sounds seriously good , never thought of adding fresh veggies to it!i'm sure you'll going to discover a wholelot of delicious food in china, have fun!

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  22. Such an amazing dish. I know I'd have to make a stop at the local asian market to pick up a few things, but it would be totally worth it! (I'm jealous of you going to China!)

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  23. How wonderful to have all the ingredients ready. I love homemade dishes like this. I am very happy for you on your upcoming trip. I am sure it will be very exciting. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  24. A trip to China! Lucky you! Please blog all about it.

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  25. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  26. This is indeed a very appetizing Chinese dish... :) Have a fun trip to China!

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  27. Bonjour, Brittany. I'm your latest follower. I found you via Gloria's blog, Canela's Kitchen.

    You have a lovely, delicious and interesting blog.

    Tofu, when done properly, is amazing and so versatile. Have fun in China, and please take lots of photos to share with the rest of us.

    Come by my blog when you get a chance. There's even an Eiffel Tower at the top right. :-)
    A bientot, Joy

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  28. This looks delish! We also loved your previous post - we'll be posting our version of the 'birds nest cupcakes' in the next couple of days, so please stay tuned!

    Kate & Rachel

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  29. I love tofu dishes too. This looks great. Have a great time in China! You must be so excited :)

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  30. Hi Brittany,

    I love tofu and I'm sure I'll enjoy this dish. Thanks for sharing.

    http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com/

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  31. Btw, I'm now following your great blog. Enjoying your lovely recipes!!

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  32. This looks wonderful! I love the contrast between the crisp crust and creamy centre of fried tofu. Have a fantastic time in China and I can't wait to hear all about it.
    :)

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  33. I love the salt and pepper flavoring used in Chinese cooking. My favorite is with fried shrimp. But tofu is a close 2nd and yours looks great!

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  34. This sounds like such a tasty way to enjoy tofu. Wish I was having some for dinner tonight.

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  35. What a lovely dish!!! This sounds sooo good Brittany!
    Have a fun filled time in China- cannot wait to hear about it!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  36. Love this kind of meal. Looks so good.

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  37. Wow, tu as de la chance - enjoy it :)

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