Ahhhhh… spicy, crispy and vegan. I circled this recipe, which is originally from BOSH! because, while enticed by the flavours and textures, I was put off by the amount of work, time and frying involved.
But I could not let this recipe go so here is my altered version of the original video recipe found here.
My version is faster and I bake rather than fry the tofu. The results are delicious!
The tofu strips
12 oz block of extra firm tofu.
½ cup cornstarch
1 Tbsp peanut or coconut oil
The chili sauce
The juice of one lemon (about ¼ cup)
The juice of one large orange (about ½ cup or a little more)
½ cup sweet chili sauce
4 Tbsp soya sauce
2 tsp chili paste (I used sambal oelek). If you really like spicy – use up to 1 Tbsp chili paste.
1 squirt (about ½ Tbsp) Sriracha sauce
Preheat the oven to 425F. Oil a baking sheet with the peanut or coconut oil.
Cut the block of tofu in half horizontally so that you have two flat slabs. Lay the slabs on a clean, lint-free towel or paper towel and cover with another towel. Press gently with the flat of you hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Cut the tofu into evenly sized strips or cubes.
Put the cornstarch in a large bowl or a large ziplock plastic bag. Add the tofu and toss the tofu to coat each piece with cornstarch.
Place the tofu pieces on the oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
When the tofu is done, it will only be browned in some spots. It may even still look white and cornstarch-powdery, but it will be firm and crispy.
While the tofu bakes, make the chili sauce.
Juice the orange and the lemon. Add the juices and all the other sauce ingredients to a large frying pan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer and bubble for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The sauce volume will reduce by a little less than half. Turn off the heat and add the baked tofu pieces and stir to coat the tofu.
Serve and enjoy.