Meatless Monday: Caramelized Tofu with Rice Noodles

April 9, 2012
Caramelized tofu with rice noodles will transport you to the tropical cities in Southeast Asia.  Tofu steaks are brushed with a soy sauce and sugar glaze which gives the tofu its distinct sweet and salty flavor.  Rice noodles are tossed with aromatics like garlic, sesame oil and fresh cilantro.  All the ingredients for this dish are widely available and can be found in most supermarkets.  Caramelized tofu with rice noodles is a light and satisfying meatless meal for spring.


4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Prepare the tofu- In a large bowl, mix the soy sauce with the sugar.
Slice the tofu into 1cm slices and add to the bowl.
Mix well, making sure the tofu slices are completely covered in the soy sauce mixture.
Place a grill plate over very high heat and wait until it is very hot.
Place the tofu slices on the hot grill plate and grill for a 5 minutes on each side.
Lower the heat and let grill until the tofu browns.
Set aside and let cool.
When the tofu cools, slice into 1 cm slices.
For the sauce- fry the garlic and chili in the vegetable oil for a couple of minutes in a small pan.
Add soy sauce, lemon juice and sesame oil and let cook for another 2 minutes.
Throw the chopped coriander, tofu and cooked noodles into a large bowl.
Add the sauce and mix well.
Serve in personal bowls with a slice of lemon.

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