Monday, April 9, 2007

Tofu Poke

This is a very simple and delicious recipe.. In addition to these qualities, it is healthy (vegan), looks great and is affordable..

This is from Tasty and Meatless Recipes.


1 block tofu, firm
1 red onion, diced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Hawaiian sea salt
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup ogo seaweed

Remove the tofu from its container and drain the water. Cut into bite sized cubes and place in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss lightly so as not to smash the tofu cubes. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour until all the flavors blend.

Serves 4

Note: I am not sure how this will turn out but I am going to try this to finish up the leftover tofu..

OK.. Here is my version..

Take one block (about a pound) of Extra Firm Tofu.. Remove all the water and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.... Keep the cubes in a medium (glass) bowl.. Now grate a med. size carrot, finely chop 1/8th of a small purple cabbage, 1 sprig of cilantro, 1 green onion, 1 small shallot, if desired 1/5th of a red/green bell pepper.... Toss all these ingredients on top of tofu cubes..
Prepare the dressing.. Mix ~3 teaspoons of sesame oil, ~1 teaspoon vinegar, ~2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar, pinch of salt, 1 clove garlic (finely chopped).. Beat these ingredients with a fork to blend well... Taste the sauce and adjust it accordingly.... drizzle the sauce over the tofu/veggies mixture.. Then roast 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds and 3 dried red chillies on stove (without oil).. Crush the chillies.. Sprinkle these two ingredients on top of everything.. Now toss gently to mix every thing well... Add some (oven) roasted peanuts (slightly crushed) for extra crunchy flavor.

The combination of things should look pretty and tasty... If they don't use your judgement to add some more ingredients, to balance the taste/looks...

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