Monday, February 6, 2012

Oh hello, remember me? Orange glazed tofu with Chinese broccoli & enoki mushrooms

firm tofu
sesame oil
sunflower oil
brown rice
enoki mushrooms
gai lan (Chinese broccoli)
Chinese 5 spice
soy sauce
cayanne (optional)
black pepper
veg stock 
star anise

Howdy all. I'm sure you've been wondering when I would come back with a new post. Unfortunately I'm still not feeling 100%, kinda run down and weak, but I just couldn't put you all though another Monday without a post. Today I'm going to keep it short and sweet since I don't really have a "recipe" for this dish. The dinner was really thrown together   simply and ended up being delicious not to mention #healthy. Don't be intimidated by the long list of Asian ingredients - they really aren't that scary. They definitely inject a lot of pungent yumminess "umami" to this veganlicious dish. 
For rice - 1 cup of rice to two cups of vegetable stock (or water). Add a 1 inch knob of ginger, a smashed clove of garlic, and star anise to the liquid plus a drizzle of sesame oil & soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then cover and lower the heat to medium (simmer) for 20 mins or until all the liquid has evaporated. Add some chopped cilantro to the rice before serving - if you're not a fan of cilantro mint or parsley will also work.
For the gai lan - "blanch & shock" bring a pot of salted water to a boil, cook the broccoli for 30- 45 seconds then straight into cold water. Then quick stir fry in a hot pan with sesame oil or cold infused olive oil
For the mushrooms - sautée mushrooms in a small drizzle of oil for 2 mins then hit it with a splash of soy sauce.
For the tofu - slice tofu into two or three thinner slices and press between paper towel to remove the excess moisture. Dust each slice with Chinese 5 spice & salt. Bring a tbsp of sunflower oil with a drop of sesame oil to a high heat. Then fry the tofu until crispy on each side (about 2 mins), then squeeze the a tangerine's juice over to create the simple glaze. 
I have faith that all you Tomato Snobs can handle these easy instructions. Chow for now. xo


  1. That tofu looks nummers!

  2. I hope you feel better soon. This is a wonderful recipe to pop back on the blog with. I love anything citrus and this looks simple and tasty.

  3. Simple, satisfying and nutritious! What more can one want?! Lin xx

  4. Oh my, I adore the whole presentation! It's so difficult to cook tofu perfectly, and yours is gorgeous. I'd devour the whole dish!

  5. Sounds like a meatless taste sensation!

  6. Asian flavors are among my favorite - and with your easy instructions there is nothing intimidating about the delicious-looking dish! I was just pondering enoki the other day. Thanks for a great idea!

  7. Oh wow, this my kinda meal, I love the whole thing. Beautiful presentation.

  8. YES PLEASE! This look fantastic to me!

  9. Gorgeous presentation! Orange glaze sounds fabulous!

  10. Please invite me over for dinner and make this for me- it looks so good!

  11. I LOVE GAI LAN! I'm Asian and rice is a must have meal in our daily dish, we have so much kind of food with a lot of spices that combine with rice,but I rarely make it except for fried rice :D because some of recipe will make in a troublesome. but your spices rice looks easy to make, I will try it one day.



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