Photo: Iain Bagwell
You don't need to press the tofu to drain the water for this recipe; a slow pan-fry achieves the same effect and gets the exterior extra crispy. For a vegetarian dish, swap the fish sauce for reduced-sodium soy sauce or the liquid from soaked dried porcini mushrooms.
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 oz. tofu and about 3/4 cup vegetables)
1. Halve tofu lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 4 pieces.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add tofu to pan; cook, without stirring, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn over; cook 2 minutes. Carefully add soy sauce to pan; cook 2 minutes. Turn tofu; cook 1 minute. Remove tofu from pan; cool. Cut each piece diagonally into triangles.
3. Combine 1/4 cup water and coconut milk in a bowl. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet or wok over high until oil is hot but not smoking. Add shallots, chiles, and lemongrass; cook 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add salt, green beans, and bell pepper; cook 2 minutes or until vegetables have softened slightly. Add curry and sugar; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tofu, milk mixture, and fish sauce; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Arrange tofu mixture on a platter. Sprinkle with cilantro.