I have a confession.
I’m afraid of tofu.
Not eating it, I LOVE to eat it, but COOKING it. I tried to make it once back in the 90’s. It wasn’t pretty. I won’t go into the details but will be forever known as the “The Tofu incident of ‘94”
Since then I have avoided it like the plague. Oh I knew it was there, in the vegetable aisle, right next to the prepared salads, taunting me, but I refused to acknowledge it. I’d quickly grab my bag of baby spinach, diverting my eyes and make a dash for the deli section.
But this is 2008, my year of culinary expansions. My first venture away from my mid-west cooking rut is to overcome my fear of coagulated soy.
After doing some reading, I’ve discovered that there are many three main types of Tofu; Silken, Soft and Firm. Since I had my heart set on some “crispy tofu” I chose a block of Firm. Added note TOFU IS CHEAP!! You know how I love being thrifty.
I read that you should press the water out. I covered my tofu in a towel placed it in a strainer and put some pretty heavy weight on it for about 10 minutes.
I took a deep breath and started to cut my Tofu into cubes. I heated a non stick pan, added some sesame oil, threw in the tofu and prayed for the best and look! After 15-20 minutes I had fabulous crispy cubes of tofu! It was that easy! All these wasted years of tofu-less dinners. Another lesson learned.
Since I wasn’t confident of my tofu skills I chose a very simple tofu curry. Easy- yes, but once again, easy can still be very tasty.
About 3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
1 (10 ounce) can coconut milk
1 -2 tablespoons pre-made curry paste – I used green curry
You can add veggies if you like, and season to taste
Stir-fry Tofu in sesame oil at a med/high heat until brown and crispy. Season with salt
In a separate saucepan bring coconut milk to a boil and stir in curry paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. (If the sauce doesn’t thicken to your liking, add some cornstarch dissolved in cold water.)
That’s it. Serve it over rice or noodles.
Looks yummy doesn’t it? …Patting myself on back 😉