Spicy Tofu with Lemongrass Stir-Fry

Spicy and nice – definitely a crowd pleaser.

Stir-fry
* 8 oz Hodo Soy firm tofu, diced (or 1 lb precooked medium shrimp)
* 2 stalks lemongrass (outer leaves removed), trimmed and minced
* 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
* 1 tsp Vietnamese chile paste (or Tabasco)
* 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
* 1 tbsp rice wine (found in Asian section of grocery store)
* 1/2 cup canned lowfat coconut milk
* 1/4 cup vegetable broth
* 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
* 1 tsp dark sesame oil
* 1 tsp canola oil
* 4 medium carrots, cut into thin strips
* 8 medium shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
* 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
* 1/2 cup diagonally sliced green onions

Rice:
* 1 cup long-grain brown rice
* 2 cups vegetable broth or water
* 1 bay leaf

Preparation:
Combine tofu, lemongrass, ginger, chile paste, lime juice, and rice wine in a small bowl and toss. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Mix coconut milk, broth, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a bowl; set aside. Coat a large sauté pan with canola oil and set over medium-high heat. Add tofu and sauté, stirring, for 2 or 3 minutes. Add carrots, mushrooms, and broccoli and sauté, stirring, for another 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk mixture and onions and cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. (If using shrimp, toss in last, just long enough to heat.) Combine rice, broth, and bay leaf in saucepan over medium heat and simmer, covered, 25 to 30 minutes or until rice absorbs all liquid. Remove from heat. Discard bay leaf. Place equal portions of cooked brown rice on each plate and top with stir-fry.

Credits: Gabe Schreiber

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