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    Default Auntie Woof's Kung Pao Tofu

    Auntie Woof's Kung Pao Tofu


    Recipe Description
    You have all heard of kung pao chicken, shrimp, etc. But why waste a perfectly good animal to a kung pao when tofu is so much nicer? Just say "no" - do it Auntie Woof's way and nobody will get hurt!
    Preparation Steps:
    Put a medium pot of salted water to boil. Rinse the tofu and cube into bite-sized pieces. Place tofu into rapidly boiled salted water. Let tofu remain in water until it returns to a boil and the cubes rise to the top. Drain and put on plate in a single layer to cool.
    Level of Difficulty:
    Easy
    Time Needed:
    20-30 minutes
    Ingredients:
    1 pound extra-firm tofu, cubed into small bite-sized pieces;
    1/3 c. unsalted, skinned peanuts;
    2-10 dreid red chiles;
    4 green onions, trimmed and sliced into 1" pieces;
    oil for frying;

    SAUCE:
    4 T. water
    1 T. cornstarch
    4 T. soy sauce
    3 T. rice wine, mirin, or dry sherry (optional)
    1 t. sugar
    Serves:
    4
    Directions:
    1. Make the sauce. In a bowl, mix the cornstarch into the water. Add soy sauce, sherry, and sugar. Stir to blend.
    2. Using a flat-bottomed skillet, with a high flame, heat skillet and pour enough oil to coat the bottom.
    3. Fry chilies until they begin to turn brown. Remove with slotted spoon to plate.
    4. In same oil, fry peanuts until they begin to turn brown. Remove with slotted spoon to plate.
    5. In same oil, fry tofu cubes, turning to brown all sides, until brown and crispy-looking, approx 3-5 minutes.
    6. Pour sauce over tofu in pan. Sauce will thicken in a few seconds.
    7. Add green onions. Cook less than one minute.
    8. Add chilies and peanuts back to rewarm for a few seconds.
    9. Serve with a nice Asian rice!

    P.S. Do not eat the chilies! Just push them aside.
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    Glad to see a recipe for this because I was planning to ask about it. I haven't ventured cooking with tofu, but I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks so much!

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    Default Kung Pao Tofu - a pictorial journey :)

    Hope this helps for those of you (cheriede) who can't get your tofu nice and crispy.

    Pictures, in order of appearance:

    1) package of extra-firm tofu; 2) out of the package and cut into cubes; 3) dumped into a pot of boiling salted water; 4) cubes start to rise to the top as water reaches boiling again - you can let them boil for a minute or so for more chewiness; 5) boiled tofu cubes waiting transformation; 6) all the ingredients laid out and ready to add; 7) fried cubes - get them nice and brown and crispy - it will take a few minutes - if it takes more than a few minutes, you don't have enough oil - add a teeny bit more; 8) the peanuts and chilies, already toasted up a bit and ready to add; 9) KUNG PAO TOFU!!
    Last edited by madhen; 09-13-2008 at 11:36 PM.
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    Madhen, I'm glad to see the pictures! I'm sure that will help alot of others to visualize things.

    I'm still skeert of making the tofu, but since you've been nice enough to post this recipe twice for me, I'm gonna give it a go.
    I'll have to get a block of tofu, but hopefully I'll be able to pull it off.

    I know I mentioned this before, but I've never heard of boiling it in salted water?
    I've heard of freezing it to give it a chewier texture, but what does the boiling do exactly?

    Thank-you again for all the tofu help.
    I've ordered it out in restaurants and it's been really great, and I really want to learn how to cook with it.
    Michelle in middle Tennessee!


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    I don't know the chemistry behind it, but it comes out of the boiling water a bit more rubbery and less "mushy." I've never tried frying it up without boiling first, so I couldn't tell you how much of a difference it makes. But as you can see from the pics, it fries up into nice little golden cubes if you do it right.
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    I had never tried freezing this, so just to see what would happen, I put a dollop of the kung pao on about 2/3 c of cooked white rice and popped the whole thing in the freezer. I microwaved it for breakfast this morning, and it came out just like fresh-made. So I think it is safe to say that this dish can be frozen for future meals.
    Last edited by madhen; 09-14-2008 at 01:37 PM. Reason: spelling mistake
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    That looks so yummy! As soon as my mouth heals (just had wisdom teeth removed) I'll be trying this for sure!
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    Oh thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drgnfly423 View Post
    That looks so yummy! As soon as my mouth heals (just had wisdom teeth removed) I'll be trying this for sure!
    Ouch. Been there, done that! Hope it goes well for you, and the swollen "chipmunk cheek" phase passes quickly!!
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    Thanks...It was done on Thursday so that makes today day 3...it's almost back to "normal" as far as swollen. It still hurts, though! I think it'll be soup and pudding for me all week! LOL!
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