Sweet and Sour Tofu

Sweet and Sour Tofu

This is very different than Chinese takeout sweet and sour chicken. Tofu replaces deep-fried chicken and the sauce tastes much lighter and fresher than the mystery neon goop. The coating gives the tofu wonderful texture, but choose organic to avoid genetically modified soy. If desired, cubed poultry can replace the tofu.

1/3 cup (80 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
1 Tbsp (15 mL) sodium-reduced soy sauce
2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil
2 Tbsp (30 mL) rice vinegar
2 Tbsp (30 mL) low-sodium ketchup
1 Tbsp (15 mL) turbinado or raw cane sugar
2 tsp (10 mL) plus 1/4 cup (60 mL) cornstarch
1 large free-range egg white
1 block firm tofu, cut into 1/2 in (1 cm) cubes
3 Tbsp (45 mL) cooking oil
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 green onions, sliced, green and white parts
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp (15 mL) ginger, minced
1 cup (250 mL) cubed pineapple
4 cups (1 L) cooked brown rice

In small bowl, whisk together broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ketchup, sugar, 2 tsp (10 mL) cornstarch, and salt to taste. Set aside.

In separate bowl, whisk together egg white and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) water. Add tofu cubes and toss to coat. Stir in remaining cornstarch and mix well.

Heat wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cooking oil, swirl, and add tofu. Cook until golden on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil to wok or skillet, swirl, and add peppers, green onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 1 minute, or until peppers are tender, stirring often. Pour in sauce and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Add tofu and pineapple; cook 2 minutes, stirring often.

Serve over brown rice.

Serves 4.

Each serving contains:
511 calories; 16 g protein; 19 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 70 g carbohydrates; 6 g fibre; 189 mg sodium

Source: “Healthy Chinese Food,” alive #348, October 2011

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