Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fried Tofu with Szechuan Pepper and Salt

I am a sucker for any salt and pepper dishes. If we dine out and I see in on the menu I will definitely order it. Most of the restaurant here will prepare it with pork, calamari or shrimps but for today I am doing it with tofu. These dishes are not difficult to prepare. Basically you just deep fried the main ingredients and sprinkle it with salt and Szechuan peppercorn mixture. As for the Szechuan pepper all you have to do is dry roast it over medium heat on a heavy-based pan until it begins to ‘pop’ and aromatic. Cool it down and then grind it into powder with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. I usually make more of it and store it in an airtight container.

Ingredients:

1 block of firm tofu – cut into 1” cubes
½ cup of cornstarch
Salt to taste




For the salt and pepper dip

1 tsp of Szechuan pepper
2 tsp salt


1. Dry the tofu with some paper towel. Sprinkle it with some salt. Heat oil in a hot wok until surface seems to shimmer slightly. Lightly coat tofu pieces in cornstarch.
2. Carefully lower the tofu into the hot oil – it is important not to coat the tofu in advance of heating the oil, or it will become very moist and sticky.
3. Fried until lightly brown and crispy, remove and drain the oil on paper towel.
4. Arrange tofu on a platter and serve immediately with the salt and pepper mixture.

19 comments:

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Good idea to serve tofu this way.
Simple and nice.

Fuat Gencal said...

Çok leziz, çok güzel ve iştah açıcı görünüyor. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık.

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Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Great idea, must try one day!

busygran said...

Fuss-free way to eat tofu. No need for sauce. Great!

Anncoo said...

Tofu is my family favorite and I definitely want to try this, thanks Gert ;)

Lyndsey said...

Ahhh...simple and delicious!

Jennifurla said...

THis looks so flipping tasty

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Lovely tofu dish. You sure fried it very nicely. ;) can serve this dish as a starter at dinner party, yum!

My Little Space said...

What a simple way to have your fried tofu! The tofu crust looks so crispy and yummy.
Kristy

Wendy said...

I love this dish. Tofu is always my favorite. Don't know what szechaun pepper is. Would you mind showing us the package? This szechaun pepper mixture sound like the ones that is used with Cantonese steamed chicken. Any idea? Thanks.

3 hungry tummies said...

That's a simple and delicious party food!

Healthy and Homemade said...

I love fried tofu!!

Elin said...

Gert, I don't mind having this as a snack while watching a movie/drama :)) sure yummy !

ICook4Fun said...

Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments.

Wendy, I bought the szechuan peppercorn from the Asian store and threw away the packaging already. You can find out more about the peppercorn here :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_pepper

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks simple but definitely delish!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

I am also a sucker for salt and pepper dishes hehe...tofu is a great ingredient for salt and pepper..yum!

Cheah said...

I think I can finish the whole plate of your crispy tofu!

ReeseKitchen said...

Tofu!! Long time I didn't cook tofu, and this is a really simple and delicious one. I'm sure everybody will like it. Bookmarked!!

Nate @ House of Annie said...

We love to order these at the dim sum place we frequented. The Szechuan peppercorn is a nice addition!