Vegan Tofu Kangjung (Korean General Tso’s Tofu)
Recipe (serves 2-3)
1 16-19 ounce package of extra-firm tofu (frozen, then thawed)
1/3 cup corn starch (or more if needed)
1 cup of steamed broccoli
1 Tbsp finely minced or shredded ginger
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs white vinegar
4 Tbs agave syrup (or equivalent amount of maple syrup)
1 cup water
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1Tbs & 1 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 Tbs water
Press the tofu to drain the water from it (freezing the tofu beforehand gives it a chewier texture and really makes a difference).
To press the tofu, place it between two absorbent towels on a cutting board. The key is to push out the water without breaking the tofu.
Slice the tofu into 1″ by 1″ cubes.
Put the tofu in batches in a bag or container with a lid, add the corn starch and shake to coat.
Add more corn starch if needed.
Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat and fry tofu in batches until crisp and slightly brown, turning to cook both sides.
Cut broccoli into bite sizes and steam.
Add 1 cup of water and all of the the sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water mixture to a large pan, stir to dissolve the sugar (maple syrup) bring to a boil over high heat and cook for several minutes.
If desired, you can first saute the ginger, and red pepper in a tablespoon of oil for a couple of minutes before adding the other ingredients.
Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the sauce and continue to cook, stirring. When the sauce thickens enough to be syrupy remove from heat. If the sauce is too runny, combine a little more cornstarch and water and add to the sauce.
When sauce has thickened enough, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Add the fried tofu to the sauce and stir and flip to coat (if desired, you can add the broccoli too).
Serve with brown rice and the steamed broccoli on the side.
(Recipe and photo adapted via vegan8korean.wordpress.com)