Entrees, Recipes

VEGAN STICKY SESAME TOFU

We often get asked if we have recipe suggestions for people who want to start incorporating more plant-based meals into their diet. The first thing we say is to veganize your favourites. Whatever it may be veganize your favourite meal, or at least the meal that gives you the most comfort. By doing it this way it still keeps you in your comfort zone while making a change. This is the sweet spot, or at least it was for us. We didn’t feel like we had to eat salads everyday just because we were vegan and we could still eat everything that we loved.

Honestly that is what this blog stemmed from. Kat was helping Dev go vegan by showing her some cooking techniques and veganizing some of her favourite meals. This made the transition super easy and comfortable. Neither of us had to give up our mac n’ cheese or burgers or donuts or pizza. We had it all, it was just plant-based. Slowly we started to adventure out from our favourites and now we both love all the delicious vegan food we get to eat and hardly miss any of our pre-vegan meals.

However, sometimes you just get those cravings. For us that craving that just keeps coming back is Chinese food. Not just any Chinese food, but the good old fashioned Chinese takeout. We were craving it so badly, in all its greasy goodness. Something about Chinese takeout just brings us right back to our childhoods. However Chinese takeout is not always the easiest as vegans. Often the ingredients aren’t listed on the website and it can be hard to get it from the restaurant. That’s why we have been busy veganizing all of our favourite Chinese takeout dishes in a new series on our YouTube channel.

Last Sunday we showed you how to make Classic Veggie Fried Rice. It was delicious and more importantly it was super easy to make. Today we’re showing you how to make the most delicious and the easiest vegan sesame tofu ever. What makes it the most delicious? Well the tofu is perfectly crispy, the sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and it leaves you completely satisfied. We used our favourite way of crisping up tofu in order to give it that perfect meaty texture. By doing this you do not miss the chicken at all.

Be sure to check back next Sunday when we make another delicious vegan Chinese takeout recipe. Any guesses what you think we’ll make next? Let us know in the comments. You can also see the full recipe video, as always, at the bottom of this blog post.

Vegan Sticky Sesame Tofu

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • steamed broccoli (optional)
  • rice (optional)

Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch chili flakes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • cornstarch slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch +1/4 cup water)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Dice your tofu into your desired cube size. We recommend smaller cubes that are about 1 cm wide.
  3. To best crisp your tofu you want to use a cast iron pan, if you don’t have one you need to use another over safe pan. Rest your cast iron on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes to heat up. Add 1 tsp of sesame oil and heat for another minute. Add your tofu and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want a golden brown colour on all sides. If you see it starting to cook a little too quickly, turn down the heat to cook slower. Once all sides are golden and the 15 minutes is done. Transfer the entire cast iron pan into the preheat oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. This will get you perfectly crispy tofu, every time.
  4. To make your sesame sauce you want to combine your soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, garlic powder, chili flakes, and water. Mix until all combined.
  5. To make your cornstarch slurry combine your cornstarch and water and whisk until there are no lumps.
  6. Add your cornstarch slurry to your sauce mixture and mix until combined.
  7. Add your sauce to a wok on medium heat and stir until you get the thickness you want. You are looking for a thicker, sticky sauce that will hold onto your tofu. Once you get to your desired thickness add in your tofu and toss until it is all coated.
  8. Serve your tofu with whatever you prefer, but we paired ours with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Top with sesame seeds for some extra fanciness.