Shanghainese Tofu Chrysanthemum and Parsley Salad

Ma Lan Tou is a refreshing Shanghainese cold appetizer.  In Shanghai, they use a vegetable called Indian Aster, but here substituted with Shungiku in Japanese or Tong Ho/Tong Hao in Cantonese/Mandarin.
malantou tofu salad
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 Tablespoons sesame oil

1/2 bunch chrysanthemum Shungiku leaves, chopped
1/2 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley, stems removed, rough mince
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
2 stalks green onions, green parts only, chopped

1 lb Hodo firm tofu, crumbled

Prepare the dressing. Whisk dressing ingredients together. Set aside.

Prepare the salad: Finely chop the herbs. Crumble and roughly mash tofu with a fork. Toss tofu and herbs with dressing. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Serves: 6

Credit: Flavor Explosions

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