1 tablespoon roasted peanut or vegetable oil, divided
1 pound asparagus spears (about 24)
3 cups hot cooked sticky rice
How to Make It
Cut each block of tofu crosswise into 6 slices. Arrange tofu slices in a single layer in a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Arrange tofu slices in a single layer in a shallow dish. Combine hoisin sauce and next 6 ingredients (hoisin sauce through garlic), and stir with a whisk. Reserve 1/2 cup hoisin mixture, and pour remaining hoisin mixture over tofu, turning tofu to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat in skillet; add half of tofu and marinade. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining tofu.
Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Steam asparagus, covered, 5 minutes. Place 6 asparagus spears and 3/4 cup rice on each of 4 plates; arrange 3 tofu slices and 2 tablespoons reserved hoisin mixture on each plate.
We really liked this! I had no problems with splattering, but I only used 1/2 TB oil in a heavy cast iron skillet. I added sambal oleek (chili paste) to the marinade and let the tofu sit in the marinade about six hours. Instead of asparagus & white rice, I made stir-fried baby bok choi with ginger and a little soy-sake mixture & short-grained brown rice. The portion size is a bit small unless you don't eat much. For hearty eaters, teenage boys, etc. I think this serves 3 rather than 4.
I accidentally used oyster sauce in the marinade, so I ended up putting in some hoisin as well, and a lot of sriracha. I sliced the tofu into 12 pieces and marinated it overnight. When I was ready to cook it, I removed it with a slotted spoon & put it in a dry skillet, flipping once. It was actually pretty good, and it was very creamy inside. I think as written, the recipe & directions need improvement. I was glad I put extra chili sauce & marinated it overnight. My tofu had good flavor and didn't make a mess all over the stove. I also roasted my asparagus instead.
Be prepared to clean every surface within 5 feet of the pan. Floors, walls, range hood, stove, other pots and pans, a coffee maker, and myself (ouch!). It did taste good. But even a splatter screen was no match for this doozy
I agree with many of the previous reviewers in cutting the brown sugar. This dish is plenty sweet, but I really enjoyed it. And, my boyfriend really likes this tofu dish...he is a meat eater, so it's nice to find a recipe we can both enjoy. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a new way to prepare tofu. I will definitely make this again.
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