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Vietnamese Tofu
From: Frank Durante

Here is a modified version of a Vietnamese recipe I found which calls for the addition of nouc mam (fish sauce).
Adjust ingredients to your taste.

  • 1 cake of firm or extra firm tofu
  • Fresh ginger juice - 3 tablespoons
  • 5 large cloves sliced garlic
  • 3-4 large shallots sliced
  • hot chili pepper paste (sambal olek) to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • finely chopped scallions
  • fresh squeezed lime juice - from one lime
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass chopped very fine
Slice tofu lengthwise in half and then into bite sized cubes.
Drain very well on cloth towels or paper towels for a few hours pressing very lightly every so often.

Marinate the tofu in hot sauce, ginger juice, and chopped lemon grass for a few hours.

Heat some oil in a non stick pan.
Add shallots and garlic and sauté until golden-brown.
Remove and reserve.
Add a little more oil if necessary and fry the tofu (drain and reserve marinade) until browned on all sides.
Add the garlic/shallots and cook for several minutes.
Add the reserved marinade and cook for a few minutes until somewhat dry.

Serve over jasmine rice with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a generous helping of chopped scallions.
You can add slices of fresh Thai chili peppers and fresh ground black pepper if you wish.