Pros: This recipe was fairly fast and easy, and it was fun to make. Cons: The cornstarch was pointless. The tofu was not "crunchy" although I made it nicely browned. The ketchup was completely overwhelming. The strong ketchup taste did not blend well with the fish sauce. It lacked a real "Thai" feel. That being said, was it terrible? No, but it won't get filed under "keepers," and I won't dare make it for company or recommend it to anyone.
Crispy Tofu Pad Thai
Plant-based proteins like tofu and peanuts are abundant sources of protein.
Yield: 4 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 419
- Calories from fat: 0.0%
- Fat: 14.4g
- Saturated fat: 1.7g
- Monounsaturated fat: 6.8g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 3.5g
- Protein: 15.4g
- Carbohydrate: 57.5g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 106mg
- Iron: 3.3mg
- Sodium: 845mg
- Calcium: 374mg
- 1 (12.3-ounce) package reduced-fat, firm tofu, drained
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 6 ounces flat uncooked rice noodles
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
- 4 lime wedges
- 1. Place tofu on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 30 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes, and toss with cornstarch.
- 2. Prepare noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well; set aside.
- 3. Combine ketchup, sugar, fish sauce, and Sriracha. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan; sauté 7 minutes or until golden. Remove tofu from pan.
- 4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan. Add eggs and egg white; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from pan. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add noodles; cook 3 minutes. Stir in ketchup mixture; cook 30 seconds. Add egg mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring often. Remove from heat; stir in onions and cilantro. Place 1 cup noodle mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each with 1/2 cup tofu and 1 1/2 teaspoons peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.
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