Tofu braised in a spicy sauce is a delicious side dish for rice, perfect dish for vegetarians. Note that it is better to used firm tofu for this recipe.
This dish is good hot or cold and can be stored for 3-4 days.
1 package of firm tofu
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup minced onion
2 green onions, chopped
For the sauce, mix in a small bowl:
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes
½ cup water
Rinse tofu in cold running water and dry it with cotton or paper towel. Cut it into ¼ inch thick bite size pieces.
Add the cooking oil to a non-stick pan and heat it up over medium heat.
Gently set the tofu onto the pan and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Rotate the pan to cook the tofu evenly. flip them over one by one with a spatula. Let cook another 7 to 8 minutes until both sides of each tofu piece are golden brown.
Transfer the tofu to a plate.
Heat up a small pan over medium high heat and add the leftover oil.
Add chopped onion, garlic, and green onion Stir with a spoon for a few minutes until the onion gets a little crispy.
Add the sauce and keep stirring until it thickens a little.
Add tofu and braise for a minute until the tofu absorbs some of the flavor of the sauce. Add some sesame oil and stir.
Sprinkle sesame seeds over top and the rest of the chopped green onion.