Recipe - Tangy Vegetarian Tofu Stir-Fry

What does one do when one has a lot of ingredients around the house that need to be eaten? STIR-FRY! Really, making a stir-fry has got to be one of the easiest things to do and should be known to everyone who wants to cook at all. I hadn't had tofu in a while so needed to make something with it. This dish goes well with white rice.

Step 1: Ingredients (serving size: 4-5)
  • vegetable oil, for pan
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can baby corn, halved
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 broccoli crown, in small pieces
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (or 1 tbsp freshly chopped ginger)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp garlic chili sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps white vinegar
  • 2 tbsps honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 oz. bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 14 oz. extra firm tofu, cubed

Step 2: Making the sauce
Combine the water, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey together. Mix well until the honey has dissolved. Taste it to make sure it's got the right amount of tang to it.

Step 3: Preparing the ingredients
Slice/dice your vegetables and cube the tofu now. They should be in about 1/2 inch cubes. With a little bit of oil in a pan, fry your tofu so that it is a golden yellow on some sides. You may also start making rice now if you're eating the stir-fry with this.

Step 4: Cooking the vegetables
Remove the tofu. Put some more oil on the pan and add your vegetables to it. I added a bit of water to the bottom after about a minute or two and put the lid over it to steam the vegetables a little. I wanted to make sure the carrots wouldn't end up very hard. After a few minutes, add the sauce to your pan and the chili sauce. Sprinkle on your ginger too.

Step 5: Adding the tofu and finishing
Once the vegetables are well-coated with the sauce, add your tofu. Stir it around for a little bit. Mix your cornstarch in a separate dish with a bit of warm water. Add this mixture to your pan and stir around a bit. Taste it first to make sure it's where you want it - adjust as necessary. At this time, your rice should have finished, and you should be done! I garnished my rice with a little bit of rice seasoning (as soon in the picture up top) for presentation's purposes.