Super Easy Cold Tofu
This is super easy to put up as an 'asian' side dish along with whatever black rice, asian super food you're making for dinner. Or lunch. Or snack. I didn't invent this. I'm pretty sure a lot of my foodie friends know how to make this without bating an eye lid. I grew up around all these popular hipsterfied asian shit, so it's kinda roll-eye for me to see them glorified like some drops of jupiter bullshit transparent cake... oh wait that's agar-agar. Damn CBLOR.
Anyway. This is so easy, it's like a secret weapon. And soy protein is like soooo healthy whaaaaat. How long does it take, um, 10-15 minutes tops. Depending on how fancy you want to be.
Loooook at how delectable and sexy this thing is. I wanna give it some stupid clever sounding name just to mess with the hipsters, like... Silky Soy with Super Grains on Super Charged Soy Pudding.
There are so many variations you can make this with. The rule is to have a strong/salty condiment to go with it - then you can add any kinda grain for crunchy texture. Just make sure you finish with some greens - like cilantro, spring onions (shallots) or chopped cucumber. Or any herb like thyme, basil. Let your imaginations imaginate...
Ok enough with the yabbing, here goes
SUPER EASY COLD TOFU
- 1 Block Silken Tofu (about 12 oz /350g)
- 1 tbsp Hoi Sin Sauce
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ cup Water or Stock
- ½ cup sliced pre-soaked Shitake Mushrooms
- ¼ tsp Molasses or Honey
- ¼ cup Mirin or any cooking wine
- Cilantro / Coriander
- Shallots / Spring Onions
- Goji Berries
- Sesame Seeds
- Any other crushed nuts, poppy seeds, chai seeds
- Fried Shallots
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
Serves 2 or more.
- In a saucepan, add sesame oil and let it heat for 1 minute.
- Add hoi sin sauce, mirin, shitake mushrooms and ½ cup of water and bring to boil in the saucepan for about 5 minutes.
Note: If you used dried mushrooms soaked in water, don't throw away that water - it is now a flavorful 'stock'. Add that to the saucepan instead of the water and let it reduce
- Add molasses/honey and turn off heat, stir to combine for 1 minute, then remove saucepan from stove. Sprinkle salt and pepper.
- Place tofu inside a bowl, pour the sauce from the tofu and garnish with cilantro, goji berries, spring onions, seeds and fried shallots.
- Drizzle with more sesame oil and serve.
If you are using chia seeds as one of your ingredients, soak it for a few minutes in water along with the mushrooms before adding to the pan. Feel free to use different sauces and ingredients. Let me know how you go in the comments below.
PS: There's an even quicker version. I made this one time with korean sesame dressing. You don't need to do any cooking on this one. Just add all the raw garnish ingredients over the tofu and pour sesame dressing over - ONE minute is all it takes! Works with hoisin sauce and oyster sauce too but you gotta add some water to un-thicken it.