Chris F. Nicholson

Five Spice Tofu with Sesame Noodles

Five Spice Tofu with Sesame Noodles

Ingredients

  • FIVE SPICE TOFU INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pound block of extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon five spice powder
  • toppings: toasted sesame seeds and thinly-sliced green onions
  • SESAME NOODLES INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pound uncooked pasta noodles
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions

Directions

  1. Press the tofu. Slice the block of tofu into 1/2-inch slabs. Lay some paper towels or a clean tea towel on a flat surface, and place the slabs side by side on top of the paper towels. Cover with another layer of paper towels, then place a cutting board on top of the tofu, and stack a bunch of heavy cans or pots or whatever you can safely balance on the cutting board. Let the tofu drain for at least 15-30 minutes.

  2. Make the five spice sauce. Whisk together the hoisin, rice vinegar and five spice powder until combined. Set aside.

  3. Make the sesame noodles. Make the sesame noodles according to recipe instructions here.

  4. Cook the tofu. Remove the paper towels and slice the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the tofu and sauté for 8-10 minutes, flipping and tossing the tofu every 2 or so minutes, until it is crispy and browned. Remove pan from heat, add hoisin sauce, and toss until combined.

  5. Serve. Serve the sesame noodles topped with the tofu (plus any extra veggies you might like to add), sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and thinly-sliced green onions for garnish. Enjoy!!

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