Crispy Orange Tofu

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

Servings: 2



Ingredients

  • 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



Instructions

  • 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.



Enjoy! 😋😉