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Crispy szechuan-style tofu with eggplant & asparagus 🍆 since being in quarantine, we’ve opted to prepare all meals within our home (vs takeout), so we sure are missing some of our favorite restaurant options. admittedly, i am a sucker for the eggplant tofu from panda express - it’s crispy, savory, sweet, and spicy. so, i set out for an at-home version. this recipe did the trick!
recipe adapted from food network
1/4 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tsp lime juice
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
2 cloves garlic, grated
2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 block extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed dry and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tbsp grapeseed oil plus more for frying
1 bunch asparagus woody ends removed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 sweet onion cut into wedges
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
cooked white rice, for serving
1. in a small bowl, whisk the vegetable stock, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, lime juice, and 2 tsp cornstarch. set aside.
2. in a small ramekin, combine ginger, garlic, and crushed red peppers. set aside.
3. working in batches, toss the eggplant then the tofu with the 2/3 cup cornstarch. shake excess off with a slotted spoon and place the eggplant and tofu on a plate. set aside.
4. heat 1/2 inch of grapeseed oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. working in batches, cook eggplant and tofu until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggplant and tofu to a bowl. drain the oil and carefully wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel.
5. heat 2 tbsp grapeseed oil in the same skillet over medium heat. sauté asparagus and onion until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. add ginger, garlic and crushed peppers to the skillet and stir until fragrant. add tofu and eggplant back to the skillet and gently stir. add sauce mixture to the skillet and turn off heat. gently stir until incorporated and sauce has thickened. serve immediately with cooked rice.