This dish is mildly spicy; to make it extra kid-friendly, omit the chiles from the sweet and sour sauce.
1 (14-ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained
3/4 cup water, divided
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons finely chopped hot red chile (with seeds), such as red jalapeño or Thai chile
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 carrots, diagonally cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1 (8-ounce) bunch Broccolini, cut into florets and stems cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups cooked brown rice
How to Make It
Place tofu in a shallow dish. Place plastic wrap on top, and weight with a heavy pan; let stand 20 minutes. Discard liquid, and cut tofu into 2 x 1/4-inch pieces.
Combine 1/2 cup water, vinegar, and sugar in a small pan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir half of garlic into sugar mixture. Stir in sherry, ketchup, and chile. Cook mixture over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat; stir in cornstarch, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in soy sauce.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add tofu in an even layer; cook, without stirring, 2 minutes. Turn tofu; cook 2 minutes. Place on a plate; sprinkle with salt.
Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add remaining garlic; stir-fry 10 to 20 seconds. Remove to plate with tofu. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add carrots; stir-fry 1 minute. Add Broccolini; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup water; cook 3 minutes or until water evaporates. Return tofu mixture to pan. Add sauce mixture; stir to coat. Divide rice among 4 plates. Divide tofu mixture evenly over rice.
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I didn't have ketchup, so I substituted sweet/hot sauce and left off the jalapenos. I LOVED THIS RECIPE! The fabulous sauce contributed to my enthusiasm, but I also loved the precise cooking times for each part of the stir fry. It made such a difference in texture and taste to separate some of the ingredients as they were finished. They were done just right! The tofu had a crispy outside, the peppers were done so there was still some cruch, but were soft. I also loved the addition of broccolini, which I would never had thought of.I agree with a previous review that making the sauce ahead of time would be dandy!
This was absolutely delicious! I didn't have Thai chili so I substituted with red pepper flakes which worked perfectly and added a good bit of heat ( 1 1/2 tablespoons). You could definitely make the sauce earlier in the week and even fry up the tofu and then this could be a tasty and fast midweek Mea! Will definitely keep this one for the family!!
For a homemade sauce I would expect this to be much better. Perhaps because I did not add the chili pepper so that I could make it kid-friendly, we lost some of the flavor. I found it to be sour and sort of flat tasting. Also the sauce didn't thicken which was disappointing - I don't know if I did something wrong with the cornstarch. It was easy to make so maybe I will try it again with the spice just to see the difference.
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