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Sesame Tofu Cutlets

When I ate meat, I would often order sesame chicken from Chinese take out restaurants. It’s sweet, crispy, and full of flavour, but I’ve never found a vegan option, so I’ve adapted the chicken recipe, replacing the bird with tofu!

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • Flour for breading
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • oil for frying

Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in water

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice the tofu into finger sized rectangles. In a shallow bowl, mix four and black pepper and lightly coat each tofu piece in flour.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan, and cook each side of the tofu until golden brown.
  3. In a separate pot, bring all other ingredients to a light boil, as soon as it begins to bubble, remove from heat.
  4. Serve over steamed, or fried rice with the sauce drizzled over top, and a sesame seed garnish.

 

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. This sounds amazing, I am sure the tofu is just as good as the chicken in this recipe! The sauce sounds sublime. After all, the taste and enjoyment of a meal really lies in its cooking method and flavouring, doesn't it?
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #5 Kristo! How thin does the tofu need to be cut? Are you talking about 1/2 inch thick slices or less?
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    1. kristo
      kristo
      Thanks Carolyn. Yes, roughly 1/2 inch or less. I usually cut my block of tofu in thirds (length wise) before I make the "fingers."
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  3. SnakeWitch
    Would cooking the tofu for even just a minute in the sauce make the breading break down? Just wondering as I would have generally done it this way to let the tofu absorb more flavour. Voted! Have a look at my new piece, Easy Steps for Home Made Facial Masks, and tell me if you're manly enough to try!
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    1. kristo
      kristo
      Yeah, the breading does fall off if it gets too wet. It happened to me on the second day :( I will have a look at your new post!
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      1. SnakeWitch
        All right. tofu with sauce poured or drizzled over, it is, then! Thanks!
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  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Oh yum! What a great idea. Voted :) Check out my recipe for Romesco sauce and vote if you like.
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    1. kristo
      kristo
      Thanks! I will have a look at your new post!
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  5. Roopam
    Its a good idea to sub tofu in a great recipe...and this one sounds great...tofu with the breading is yummy...voted!
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