A vegetarian rice noodle salad with vegetables, herbs, and sweet and salty baked tofu.
Tofu is a simple and inexpensive meat alternative. For most cooking, my favorite is Aloha Tofu firm tofu (it's local). Firm tofu holds its shape through many types of cooking and it absorbs sauce and marinade flavors well. Baking tofu is a simple preparation that dries it out slightly giving it a chewy more meaty texture (texture is very important to me...I don't want it to be mushy and this way it's not). It is a great way to replace meat and still be satisfied.
Hoisin Baked Tofu is simple & inexpensive meat alternative [Tweet this]
I just mixed up a simple sauce of equal parts hoisin and soy sauces. The two sauces give the tofu a dark color and a sweet, salty, and bold flavor. It has an almost meaty flavor with less than half the calories of most meats.
Great taste w/ #halfthecalories of chicken [Tweet this]
Prep time: about 45 min (30 are inactive)
Cook time: 30 min
20 ounces firm tofu (I use Aloha brand)
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
Remove the tofu from the pack and drain the water. (If needed)Cut it in half crosswise so you have 2 pieces of about 1 inch thick (approximate 4x4 inch squares).
Place the halves side by side on an absorbent towel (or a couple layers of paper towel) lined sheet pan. Cover the tofu with another towel and pan or plate and place a little weight on top (a cast iron skillet works well, or a jug of juice).
Allow the tofu to press (this squeezes out excess moisture) for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F
Then cut the tofu squares in half and then into 1x2 inch slices that are about 1/4 inch thick (none of this is exact I just guestimate). If this doesn't make sense to you, just cut it whatever way you like I find that 1/4 inch thick pieces work best.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Mix the hoisin and soy sauces together until well combined and brush/spread on both sides of the tofu slices.
Lay the tofu slices out side by side on the baking sheet.
Bake at 400F for 15 minutes then flip each slice over and bake for 10-15 minutes longer.
Makes about 6 servings.
Serve immediately or leftovers are great cold (great addition to spring rolls)
Vermicelli rice noodles, cooked
Carrots, julienned or shredded
Hoisin Baked Tofu
Place all the vegetables, herbs, noodles, and chicken in a big salad bowl (use as much of each as you like). Then pour the nuoc cham over everything (I usually use a few tablespoons but use as much as you like).
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