By the way these recipes are teasers from my upcoming book.
Enjoy and happy holidays! Love Chef Mel x
Pan Fried Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce
½ block firm tofu cut into rectangles – about 10
½ cup water
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 clove of minced garlic
1 scallion finely sliced
1 teaspoon rice syrup
1 tablespoon shoyu
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 heaping teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Place the tofu into a bowl and add the salt.
Mix gently with hands.
Bring the water to a boil and pour over the tofu. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the tofu from the water and place on a plate. Dry each piece of tofu with an unbleached paper towel.
Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in a pan. When hot, add the tofu.
Fry on one side for about 3-4 minutes.
Turn over and repeat on the other side for another 3-4 minutes.
Remove and place on a serving dish.
Place garlic, rice syrup, shoyu and sesame oil into a bowl and mix together.
Add a generous shake of shichimi. Let sit for about 5 minutes and then put through a small strainer to remove the garlic pieces.
Add the scallions.
Pour the sauce over the tofu and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.