General Tso's Goes Vegetarian
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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Chinese-American
 
A Chinese-American dish served at take out restaurants substitutes chicken with tofu for a protein-packed meal. Serve with rice to gather the sweet sauce.
Ingredients
Crispy Tofu:
  • Firm or Extra-firm Tofu - 1 16oz. pkg, drained
  • Low sodium Soy sauce - 2tsp
  • Rice Vinegar - 2tsp
  • Rice Wine (or Mirin) - 1tsp
  • Oil - 1tsp
  • Garlic - 1 cloves, finely minced
  • Ginger - ½" piece, finely grated
  • Cornstarch - 1tbsp
For the Sauce:
  • Low sodium vegetable broth - ½cup
  • Sugar - 2tbsp
  • Low sodium Soy sauce - 1½tbsp
  • Rice Wine (Mirin) - 4tsp
  • Rice Vinegar - 2tsp
  • Sesame Oil - 2tsp
  • Corn Starch - 2tsp
  • Tomato paste - 1½tsp
  • Sambal Oelek chili paste - ½tsp (optional)
  • Oil - 2tsp
  • Green Onions - 4, green parts chopped
  • Garlic - 1 clove, finely minced
  • Grated - ½", finely grated
Accompaniments:
  • Broccoli - 2cups
  • White or Brown Rice - 2cups (I made Shanghai Fried Rice)
Instructions
To make Crispy Tofu:
  1. Cut tofu into 2 slabs. Wrap tofu slabs in paper towel and place between 2 cutting boards. Put some weight like soup cans or cast iron pan, on top of the cutting board and press for 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).
  2. In a resealable container, combine soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, oil, garlic and ginger. Add tofu and toss to coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. Sift cornstarch over tofu and turn to coat evenly. Spread tofu on baking sheet.
  5. Baking 30~40 minutes or until firm and crispy, turning several times to brown all sides.
To make General Tso's Sauce:
  1. Whisk together broth, sugar, soy sauce, mirin, vinegar, sesame oil, corn starch, tomato paste, sambal oelek (if using) in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1tbsp oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions, garlic and ginger, stir fry 1 minute. Add broth mixture and cook for 1 more minute, or until thickened.
  3. Stir in tofu. Mix well and cook for 1~2 minutes.
  4. Serve with steamed broccoli and rice.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/general-tsos-goes-vegetarian/