General Tso’s Tofu

von: Grumpy’s Honeybunch

1 brick extra firm tofu
3-4 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3 tbsps Hoisin
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup water
1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
6-8 spring green onions, sliced
3 Tbsps fresh ginger finely chopped
Hot peper flakes(optional)

Squeeze tofu of excess water by placing between a thickness (I use about 3-4 thick paper towels folded about 3-4 times) of paper towels and sitting a heavy pan on top. Let sit 20-30 minutes.

While waiting for tofu to be squeezed dry, mix together the first 6 ingredients and set aside.

To prepare tofu for frying, slice into 1/2″ slices, then cut each slice into thirds. Coat lightly with cornstarch and fry in a shallow frying pan with olive oil until browned and crispy. Remove from frying pan and set aside.

Wipe pan clean with paper towel and add sesame oil with onions and chopped ginger. Fry about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add sauce mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer about 2 minutes. Add tofu back to mixture, toss to coat. Serve garnished with green onion tops chopped.