Three-cup Tofu (San Bei tofu ‘三杯豆腐’)😋- one of our favorite dishes to order when eating out that’s packed with amazing flavors from ginger, basil & garlic. The dish’s main ingredients are soy sauce, toasted sesame oil & cooking wine, thus the name “three-cup”. I have adjusted the portion based on our family’s preference as below. I hope you give this simple & flavorful dish a try. Have a wonderful Saturday & take good care, friends. Best, WoonHeng❤️
Recipe (yields 3 servings)
– 14oz (397g) extra-firm or firm tofu, pressed
– corn starch for coating
– 8-10 (35g) slices ginger
– 5 cloves garlic, sliced
– 1 red jalapenõ, chopped (or any chili)
– 1 cup packed fresh Thai basil (sub with basil or adjust to your preference)
– a handful of chopped scallion/green onion
– oil for cooking
– 3 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine (may use rice wine/dry sherry)
– 3 tablespoons light soy sauce or tamari
– 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
– 1/2 tablespoon sugar
– 1/4 cup (60g) water
✅Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl until well combined & set aside.
✅To prepare the tofu, pat the tofu dry with paper towels & cut into cubes. Place 1/4 cup corn starch in a shallow bowl.
✅Preheat a non-stick pan with 2 tablespoons oil (adjust depending on the size of your pan). Roll tofu cubes in corn starch, be sure all sides are well coated. ✅Using a spatula, place tofu cubes into the heated pan, shallow pan-fry each side until golden brown. Remove & set aside.
✅Using the same pan with the remaining oil (add more if needed), sauté ginger until fragrant, or until it is slightly crispy on the side. Then, add garlic, chili, chopped scallions & continue to sauté until aromatic.
✅Slowly pour in the sauce, turn heat to low-med & add tofu & basil. Quickly toss tofu with the sauce until all ingredients is well-coated.
✅Turn off the heat. Serve warm with rice.
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