This week, we decided to tackle a homemade vegan version of the popular Chinese dish, "Orange Chicken." The crispy pan-fried tofu is perfectly glazed with a sweet and tangy orange sauce. You could create the sauce with natural ingredients made from scratch, such as freshly-squeezed orange and lemon juice, which will add a nice citrusy punch. If you are a fan of spicy food, you are welcome to add chili flakes to the sauce for a kick. You can also customize the dish to your preference with all kinds of vegetables.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
1 block of firm tofu
1 cup broccoli
1 cup jasmine rice
1/4 cup corn starch
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
3 tbsp avocado oil
spring onions for garnish
sesame seeds for garnish
For orange sauce:
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup corn starch + 5 tbsp water
Press tofu with your TOFUDEE tofu press and set aside.
Cook the rice accordingly.
In a big bowl, add ginger, garlic, orange juice, water, soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, and sugar. Mix well.
In a large wok, pour the sauce and bring it to boil on medium heat. Once the sauce starts to boil, lower the heat to a low boil. Let it reduce for 5 minutes.
Gradually add in the cornstarch slurry (mix together the 5 tbsp water and 1/4 cup cornstarch in a small bowl), until it thickens into a honey-like texture. Let it thicken for another 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Once the tofu is pressed, cut it into cubes. Mix together with 1/4 cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Coat the tofu evenly.
Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, add 3 tbs oil, or enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the tofu and fry for 4-5 minutes on each side until they're a nice crisp light golden color. The cornstarch will cause the tofu together, but that's okay.
In the same pan, fry broccoli on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until they have a grilled color on the edges. This is just to get rid of the raw broccoli taste.
Mix tofu and broccoli together in a saucepan and serve with rice.
Sprinkle spring onion & sesame seeds.