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Crispy Tofu In Chinese Garlic Sauce

Crispy Tofu In Chinese Garlic Sauce : Take less than 20 minutes to prepare this stir fry. I have used Tofu here but you can just replace it with Chicken, Prawn , Mushrooms, even Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese). Isn't that cool ??
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 250 gm tofu Fresh ,Cut into strips
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil Peaunut oil/
  • 2 onions large , thinely sliced
  • 1 Medium red bell pepper
  • 8 - 10 pods garlic of
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce light
  • 1 tsp soy sauce dark
  • 1 tsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tsps cornstarch
  • salt pepper and as per taste
  • green onions green chillies Chopped and sliced to garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, toss tofu strips with some oil,salt and pepper. Marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together rice vinegar, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Ketchup and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add 1 tbsp oil. Arrange the tofu strips in a single layer. Let it cook undistuerbed on meduim-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Flips the strips and let it crisp on the other side. The tofu strips should look brown and crisp on both the sides.
  • Remove and place on a kitchen towel/tissue paper to absorb extra oil.
  • In the same pan add remaining oil. Once it is hot add in garlic, ginger, and red chili flakes. Fry over low heat for about 10-15 seconds, or until aromatic, taking care not to burn the garlic.
  • Increase the flame and add Sliced onion. Saute over high heat for a minute. Add red bell pepper and toss in high flame for about 1 minute. Make sure to stir and toss the vegitables well.
  • Add the crisp tofu strips followed by the prepared sauce. Toss eveything well. Season with salt or pepper if required.
  • The sauce will start to thicken. If it is very thick add 1-2 table spoons of water. Cook furter for a minute or so.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and green chillies.
  • Serve hot as an appetizer or along with rice or noodles.