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General Tso's Tofu

General Tso's Tofu 1
source: Domestic Superhero
1 brick extra firm tofu
3-4 TBS cornstarch
1-2 TBS canola or vegetable oil


1/2 cup brown sugar
3 TBS hoisin sauce
3 TBS rice vinegar
3 TBS ketchup
2 TBS soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2 shakes or more red pepper flakes or about 6 dried red peppers

1 TBS sesame oil
4 green onions, chopped
3 TBS fresh ginger, finely chopped

Drain tofu of excess water pressing between the counter and heavy object for about 20 minutes.
While waiting for tofu, mix together brown sugar, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and water and set aside.
Heat a skillet on medium with about a 1/2 inch of vegetable oil inside. While heating, slice tofu into 1/2" slices, then cut each slice into thirds. Coat each cube lightly with cornstarch and then place into pan until browned and crispy. You may have to turn up the heat under the pan a bit. Remove from frying pan and set aside on paper towels.
Wipe pan clean with paper towel and add sesame oil, onions, and chopped ginger. Cook about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add sauce mixture to pan, bring to a boil, and simmer about 2 minutes. Add tofu back to mixture, toss to coat. Top with green onions if desired.

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