Eddie Cooks: Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Hunan-Style Sauce

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Stir-fry's can be a very easy and healthy dish to make at home. One of the hardest parts of making a stir-fry is the sauce. How do those Chinese restaurants make such favorable and delicious stir-fry's? I honestly have no idea... but it is one of my goals to find out! This was Eddie's attempt at trying to make a yummy restaurant quality stir-fry at home. I thought it was awesome! He was kind of disappointed...but what true aspiring chef is ever truly satisfied with any dish?

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The vegetables: extra firm tofu, onions (shallots were what we had in the fridge but any onion will do), broccoli, bamboo shoots, and scallions.

There are two sauces used for this recipe:

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The hot sauce: Thai red chilli paste, minced garlic, and fresh ginger (we did not have fresh ginger so we used powdered ginger)

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Make the hot sauce by mixing 1 tablespoon each of the red chilli paste, minced ginger, and minced garlic. (if using powdered ginger use 1/2 a tablespoon). Set this aside.

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The sweet and sour sauce: sherry, cornstarch, rice vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, and soy sauce.

To make the sweet and sour sauce, mix together 1/2 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sherry, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Set this aside.

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Next, dice up the scallions...

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cube the tofu...

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mince the onions, and dice up the broccoli.

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Place the hot sauce in a preheated wok with the minced scallions and heat until fragrant.

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Add the tofu and onions and toss to coat. Mmmmm doesn't that look so good already!

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When the tofu and onions are cooked through (about 5 minutes), add the sweet and sour sauce, broccoli, and bamboo shoots. Cook for a few minutes until sauce is thick and broccoli is softened slightly. If there is not enough sauce to coat everything, add some chicken broth 1/2 a cup at a time and cook until sauce thickens.

Serve with freshly steamed brown or white rice. YUM!

P.S. For some extra kick, add some red pepper flakes.

2 comments:

gnslngr said...

Wish this turned out better. Need to make it like Brarndy Ho's!

Prudy said...

Wow-dinner looks amazing! I came over to peek at the cake which also looks wonderful. WElcome to TWD.