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General Tao Tofu

by La Boite à Grains 05 Jun 2024
Général Tao Tofu - La Boite à Grains

General Tao Tofu Recipe


  • 1 block (8 oz) firm tofu
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 5 tbsp. water
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • Sesame seeds (optional)


  • Cut tofu into 3/4" cubes. Drain well and pat dry, if necessary.
  • Coat tofu in beaten egg, then in cornstarch.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet, then brown tofu cubes. Set aside for later use.
  • Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, then sauté shallots, ginger and garlic.
  • Add water, sugar and vinegar. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup and crushed chili pepper. Simmer a few minutes longer, until sauce is thickened.
  • Add the tofu cubes to the sauce and mix well. Heat a little more until the tofu is hot.
  • Serve on a bed of couscous or rice.
  • Sprinkle with a few sesame seeds just before serving.

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