Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free
Total time: 30-35 minutes
Recipe serves: 2 people
Cayenne pepper hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
Vegan hoisin sauce
Vegetables of choice, I used:
Red & White onion
Green onions to top
You will need 2 skillet pans, and 1 pot. The vegetables, tofu and rice noodles will all be cooked separately. Cook your vegetables first, tofu second, and rice noodles last.
To Cook the Vegetables:
1. First you will want to prepare your desired vegetables (2 cups worth) by chopping them into bite sized pieces. Once done, set aside.
1. In a large skillet heat 4 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of hot sauce on medium heat. Mix well.
2. Next add 1 teaspoon of crushed ginger and 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic. I used a garlic press to crush both. Mix the garlic and ginger well into the water, oil, and hot sauce mixture.
3. You can now add your 2 cups of chopped veggies into your skillet. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then you will reduce to low heat for another 10-15 minutes. You can set a timer so you don’t forget.
To Cook the Tofu:
1. Prepare your tofu by removing a large piece (1 cups worth) of it it from it’s brine, and pressing it to remove any excess water. You can easily do this by placing it on a flat plate, and then placing another flat plate on top of it to “squish” it. Let it sit like this for a few minutes. Now’s a good time to check on your veggies!
2. Once you’ve pressed your tofu, you can cut it up into bite-sized pieces that equal 1 cups worth. Set it aside while you prepare your skillet.
3. In a medium skillet (or frying pan) heat 1-1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil on medium heat.
4. Once your oil is forming bubbles you can add your tofu. Be careful it may spit back when you place the tofu in, and it’s going to be hot! Stir consistently to ensure all sides of the tofu have been coated in the sesame oil.
5. You’re now ready to add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegan hoisin sauce. Keep flipping your tofu over in the pan consistently.
6. Fry your tofu for 8-12 minutes on medium heat (this really depends on how you like your tofu), and then reduce to minimal heat for another 5 minutes. You can reduce from medium heat to a lower temperature while frying your tofu if this is too hot for your stove.
To Cook your Rice Noodles:
1. In a medium pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Once your water has boiled you can add approximately 1-1/3 cups of rice noodles. If you’ve never cooked rice noodles before, don’t worry, it’s identical to cooking normal pasta.
2. Reduce to medium-high heat and let your rice noodles cook for 6-8 minutes, or until you feel they’re done.
3. Once your noodles are done, strain them and then cover to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve them.
You can now assemble your bowl! Finally top with fresh green onion and sesame seeds.