Slice your tofu and poach in water to simmer and then just sit for at least 20 minutes and serve warm with a spicy sauce and some simple greens. . . and perhaps rice if you plan ahead and you have the makings of a delicious and — get this — vegan Chinese meal, with zero deprivation.
Tofu, one block firm
Soy sauce 3 T
Sesame oil, 1 T
gochugaru (Korean chili flakes), 1 t
Garlic, 1 hefty clove, chopped or grated
Scallion, about 3-4, sliced thin
Optional: Sugar, 1/2 t
peanuts, to top tofu
Bring a skillet of water to boil. Cut tofu in half lengthwise — to make two thinner slabs rather than one block. Place in water, lower heat and keep warm/simmer for 20 mins. Or just turn off heat and wait a bit. No stress — the tofu can sit.
Make sauce: Toast sesame seeds in skillet or in oven if you are toasting peanuts also.
Mix up sauce ingredients.
Roast, sauté or steam some greens.
Put tofu in a bowl and top with sauce, some reserved scallions and peanuts. Yum! And barely cooking.
Source: Alexandra’s Kitchen and Gourmet Magazine