I love having friends who love to cook. Apart from admiring their delicious looking Instagram accounts, it has given me an appreciation at the accents of Asian inspired meals I create. This week, I was inspired to explore the use of 5-spice. It has a strong aroma, marked by the inclusion of ground star anise, and is used in Chinese and Taiwanese cooking. Traditionally, it has been used mostly to season meats. In the next few weeks, I will be inspired to create plant based meals that uses this spice mix creatively, starting with this 5-spice tofu. The marinated tofu brings a warm and comforting aroma, finished with a sticky and garlicky sauce. It’s a great addition in any buddha bowl.
1 block firm tofu, well drained
1/2 teaspoon ground 5-spice
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Cut tofu into large pieces and arrange in a container where they can all lie flat.
- Mix 5-spice, water and soy sauce and pour over tofu. Marinate for several hours. During this time, flip the tofu on its other side so both sides are marinated.
- Place tofu in a hot pan, then turn the heat down. If you use a ceramic pan, there is no need to use any oil.
- Brown tofu on all sides then remove from pan.
- Pour remaining marinate into the pan with the garlic and sugar and slowly reduce until it has a stickier consistency.
- Return tofu to the pan and coat with the sauce.
- Serve with sprinkles of sesame seeds.