Now before you poo poo this dish because it has tofu, take a moment, relax, do your deep breathing exercise and settle in for something you'll thank me for! Trust me, this dish is super delicious.
I know when you think of tofu you think of mush or something a lot of you would never eat in a million years. But since I've been eating (mostly) vegetarian the past couple of years I've started incorporating tofu into my "meatless" dishes here and there and I have really come to enjoy it. It's very versatile and can really take on different textures and flavors.
While in Chicago visiting friends last month we took a trip (okay a few trips) to Whole Foods where we spent a good hour or so gathering goodies to prepare and decided to have lunch while there. We had heard they had a few vegan options and wanted to give them a go. We came upon their version of General Tso Tofu and sat and munched on it and it was super yummy. Of course I thought, "I have to find a way to make this when I return to my kitchen" and I quickly went to work. It took a couple of recipes and adjustments to get the tofu crispy like I like but in the end it came out way better than I had anticipated.
The trick to getting a crispy tofu is marinating it first. Here is the entire process:
Crispy Tofu - without baking or deep frying!
General Tso Tofu: The Recipe
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