What I love about this recipe is how few ingredients you need and how simple it is to prepare. You won’t need to slave away in the kitchen for hours and this makes a flavoursome appetizer for any Asian inspired meal. The Tofu packs this meal full of quality Soya Protein too. All you need is a little time for your prep. Right, let’s do this. The ingredients you’ll need will be as follows:

Puffed Tofu:

  • 7 ounces (200g) extra-firm tofu, drained – if you can’t get your hands on any extra-firm Tofu, freeze soft Tofu the night before and defrost in the morning. It will firm up.
  • ½ cup (120ml) vegetable broth – pre made will do just fine!
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (this isn’t essential so just add spice to suit your tastes)
  • ¼ cup (60g) cornstarch

Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (any syrup will work in a pinch)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Toothpicks (optional) – Link to My faves below

Turn the tofu on its side and cut through the center to make two
rectangles. Flip them onto their flat sides and stack. Cut through the
center, and without separating the halves, cut those two halves twice
each. Make two equal-size cuts lengthwise. There are now twenty-four
cubes. Place the cubes in a small flat casserole dish or other container
in which all the cubes will fit on one level.

Mix together the vegetable broth and hot sauce. Pour over the tofu.
Marinate for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place ¼ cup cornstarch in a medium bowl. Remove the tofu from the
marinade and place on the cornstarch. Toss and then place the tofu on
a baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Toss with a spatula every 10
minutes until golden and puffed. While This is cooking you can move onto the dipping sauce. If you don’t have time, store bought will work but this home made sauce really is the finisher!

To a small saucepan, add ½ cup (120 ml) water, tamari, and cornstarch and heat on medium high. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the
remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium
and cook, stirring until desired thickness. Place the tofu on a platter and dip into the sauce. Welcome to the Orient!


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