Monday, March 27, 2006

General Tao's Tofu

Today's lunch has an Asian theme with a recipe that I found over at Vegweb. General Tao's Tofu is just like the chicken version you find in Chinese restaurants, except the poor little dead chicken is replaced with yummy tofu. I made this once before and fried the tofu in corn starch, like the recipe says, but I later decided I would have liked it better if I just steamed the tofu, so that's what I did this time. I did, however, freeze and thaw my tofu to give it a little meatier texture. My actual lunch looks a little different from the photo because I wanted the pic to show that I had rice there under the tofu. After I took the picture I filled the container up with more sauce so I would have plenty to share with that broccoli in the container next door.

The broccoli was just frozen broccoli from a bag which I dumped into some Corningware and sprayed with a little canola oil and sprinkled with garlic salt and some dehydrated onions. Then I just covered it and microwaved it until it was all nice and steamed.

The carrots came from a can. I just poured them into a small pot and heated them up with 1/2 cup of brown sugar stirred into their liquid. This made them nice and sweet, like the ones you get at a Japanese restaurant. YUM!

Since I was having an Asian inspired lunch today, I thought something with ginger in it would be good for dessert, so I made Sparkled Ginger Cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. You didn't really think I was going to go a day without mentioning it did you? They are EXCELLENT!

Well, I guess that's about it for today's post. I'm not real happy with the picture, because it doesn't show the sauce enough (I don't think you can even see a green onion in the picture). But the sauce is yummy, and I did pour a bunch more of it on after I took the picture. So if you like this type of recipe, I can definitely recommend the one from over at Vegweb. See everyone tomorrow. Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

I am curious what you did about containers in this menu. Did you put the tofu one in the lidded container? Or do you have two lids?

kennyboy said...

Yeah, I put the lid on the container with the tofu in it.

If I need to cover other containers I usually use a little of that Glad Press-n-Seal. It doesn't take very much, so it's not as wasteful as wrapping the whole container with plastic wrap.

I just keep some pieces cut the size of the containers and then press them on all around the edge and they help keep everything contained.