Monday, July 27, 2009

Soy Noodles with Braised Tofu

I had soy (tofu or bean) noodles for the first time at King of Noodles a couple weeks ago and fell in love with the firm yet light texture of the noodles. This weekend, I was fortunate enough to find fresh soy noodles at the Hodo Soy Beanery stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Markets. Since I wanted to make this dish as a vegetarian dish, I decided to get their Braised Tofu too as meat substitute.

Fresh soy noodles
Braised tofu, cubed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon mirin
1 teaspoon sugar/honey
2 stalks of green onion, chopped
several cilantro leaves, chopped

  • In a medium size bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin and sugar/honey.
  • Add in the soy noodles and cubed braised tofu and let marinate for 1 hour or so.
  • In a large pan or wok, heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir fry the soy noodle and the braised tofu for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped green onion and cilantro.
  • Serve warm or room temperature as a side dish or a small meal by itself.

Note: We had a similar firm braised tofu in Indonesia called Tahu Bacem that has much more flavor (because it's braised with a mixture of Indonesian spices and coconut milk and then fried).

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