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Stir-Fried Tofu and Pork with Scallions, Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Sauce


14 oz. extra firm organic tofu
*1 cup pork, minced (optional)
2 tablespoon peanut oil (used canola oil)
2 teaspoon finely minced garlic
2 teaspoon finely grated ginger root
1 cup scallions, sliced into 2 inch pieces
3 tablespoon chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
*1 tablespoon sambal oelek
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
*salt and pepper to taste

Remove tofu from package and drain in a colander in the sink for a few minutes. Then cut tofu into slices about 3/4 – 1 inch thick. Put each slice between two paper towels and press down on it so most of the liquid is absorbed into the towel, then cut tofu into square cubes.

Put wok or heavy frying pan on stove and preheat pan until it feels hot when you hold your hand over it. Add oil and heat until shimmering. Then add garlic and ginger, cook about 10 seconds, and add pork, brown it for about 6 to 8 minute. Then quickly add tofu cubes and white pieces of green onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is quite browned.

When tofu is well browned, add the stock and cook, stirring, until it is mostly evaporated. Add the green parts of green onions and cook about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, and sambal oelek; stir to distribute. Turn off heat, put tofu and onions on a serving plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

*I tweaked the recipe and added a few ingredients. I added minced pork and added sambal oelek to make it spicier. My family loved it and almost finished it. I just had enough leftover to bring to work for my lunch. Thanks to Kalyn Kitchen for sharing the recipe. enJOY!!!

Source: Kalyn’s Kitchen