I like General Tofu, but it’s hard to find a good restaurant that makes a vegan version. So I thought, “Why not make this recipe homemade at home? I tried and it’s really divine!
I knew I wanted to have a good crispy tofu. I then looked for different ways to fry the tofu, I used a method called “shallow” frying, which means that the entire object is not submerged in the oil. It was easy and it worked well.
This General Tso's tofu was so good, even without the sauce. This is by far the best replica of any Asian food I have made. You can certainly use this sauce with vegetables. You can also change the amount of spices by increasing or reducing red pepper flakes.
HOW CAN EACH TYPE OF TOFU GET USED?
I recommend buying organic, non-GMO whenever possible for best quality
Silken – Silken tofu gets mainly used in dressings for salads or desserts.
Soft – Soft tofu can get used in many different dessert dishes such as cheesecakes and mousses. It even can be used for smoothies as a thickener.
Firm – When it comes to firm tofu, firm is mainly used as an alternative for meat products and can be baked, fried, deep-fried and even boiled.
Extra Firm – Extra-firm tofu is another soy product that gets used to replace meat. It can be cooked in most methods like grilling, broiling, pan-frying, deep-frying and can even get crumbed to give the appearance of grounded meat.
- ¼ cup soy milk
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 C. baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 454 g firm tofu diced
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 green onions finely chopped
- Sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 C. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. at the table ketchup
- 3 tbsp. tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
- In a bowl, combine the soy milk, flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Blend until you have a smooth consistency. Add water if the dough is too thick.
- Place the tofu in the bowl and toss to coat the pieces with the mixture.
- In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil, add the tofu and cook for 5 to 10 minutes so that all sides are golden brown. Turn off the heat, remove from the wok and set aside.
- Add water, rice vinegar and brown sugar to the wok.
- Using a whisk, dissolve the brown sugar completely.
- Dissolve the cornstarch in the tamari sauce.
- Add the mixture of tamari sauce, hoisin sauce and ketchup to the wok.
- Open the heat to medium intensity and allow to thicken, stirring slightly.
- Return the tofu to the wok with the sauce, mix to coat the pieces well
- Add the green onions and sesame seeds.
- Serve on a bed of rice, accompanied by sautéed vegetables.