Suggestions: The recipe serves four but can be reduced by using less tofu but using the same amount of sauce. This will give you a more generous coating for the tofu.
Do reduce the amount of sambal oelek (chili sauce) to 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon for a less spicy dish.
To simplify the recipe I used my trusty Cuisinart to chop the garlic and ginger. I then added the remaining ingredients indicated to blend.
20 ounces firm tofu (2 blocks) chopped into 1 inch squares
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
grape seed oil or vegetable oil for frying
Blend the cornstarch and flour in a bowl and dredge the tofu pieces in the mixture. Transfer to a plate
In a bowl slightly beat 2 eggs. Dip the floured tofu pieces in the beaten eggs
Remove the tofu pieces from the egg mixture and dredge a second time in the cornstarch/ flour mixture
|Heat the oil and fry the tofu pieces until golden
Transfer the cooked tofu onto paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Set aside while preparing the General Tao sauce
3 garlic gloves finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger finely chopped
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sambal oelek(Chinese chili sauce)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup sugar
1 thinly sliced green onion for garnish
In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons water, fresh ginger, garlic, sambal oelek and paprika. Set aside.
If using a processor drop in 3 garlic cloves and about 2" piece of fresh ginger and chop.
Add the cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons water, fresh ginger, garlic, sambal oelek and paprika and pulse to blend. Set aside.
In a large skillet bring 3 tablespoons of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to a boil. Do not stir while it is cooking.
Cook until the mixture turns golden
Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet
Stir and simmer until a syrup consistency. If the consistency is too thick add a little water(a tablespoon or two) to the sauce.
|Toss in the tofu making sure that the pieces are covered with the sauce