I found this recipe online (on Pinterest of course!) but have modified it a bit to suit Mr Grumpy’s taste. While he likes things spicy, the sriracha sauce can taste a bit artificial which is why I added the bird’s eye chilli (cili padi). This recipe took about 15 minutes in total to make which is so much easier on the schedule considering we got home at about 6.45 pm and Iftar (Buka Puasa) was at 7.20pm.
It is best had with rice and I had also made black pepper beef, but that will be shared on another day (if I remember haha!). If you are neutral or maybe not such a big fan about tofu, this is one way to jazz tofu up for your tastebuds.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 blocks of medium firm tofu
- 3 tbsp Sriracha sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- Corn Starch
- 2 bird’s eye chilli (cili padi), thinly sliced
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
- Stir sriracha, soy sauce, honey and vinegar in a bowl and set aside.
- Dry the tofu as much as you can with kitchen roll papers and then cut into small cubes.
- Dust tofu with cornstarch until all sides are coated.
- In a large pan over high heat, add oil and garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Add tofu and fry until the sides are slightly golden brown.
- Add sauce and stir while coating tofu cubes. Add sesame oil, bird’s eye chilli and scallions. Cook for 3 minutes and then serve.
Verdict: Mr Grumpy liked it and so did I. It definitely cannot be shared with the little ones and is probably not for the faint-hearted but the sweetness resonated so well with the spiciness, so it keeps you coming back for more.
Admittedly, I am a big fan of chinese cooking because of its simplicity. Even with the most basic ingredients, you get food that taste ohsogood which I would highly recommend if you are starting up on cooking. More so, since there are only so many pasta dishes you could probably have in a week. Of course I love Japanese and Italian food too, heck even Korean and it is not that I do not enjoy Malay or Indian cooking but some of those dishes do take more time to make so probably better suited for lazy weekends.
Hope you give it a try and it works out well for you!