Manchurian with Tofu Recipe

Manchurian with Tofu

02.13.14 by Jackie

Valentine's Day is coming up this week. I'm still not sure if my husband Lulu will be home on time (he's scheduled business travels this week) but we know for sure we'll have a lovely belated celebration together eventually. One of Lulu's favorite dishes these days is anything spicy, especially this to-die-for vegetarian Indian Chinese Manchurian dish that I prepare for him with deep fried tofu

I used freshly-made extra-firm tofu that I cut into large chunks and deep-fried. The rest was ultra easy; I tossed in a few seasonal veggies and coated everything in a combination of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and fresh red chiles. Isn't it a great way to start spicing things up? 


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A DIY gift will not only please your Valentine but I think it will come from the heart and show your appreciation for him/her. Plus, you can enjoy the results of your labor as well, feeding each other! Hope this helps you prepare the most magical, memorable Valentine's Day!


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First, everything in the crab was used. What made the sauce was the use of "crab butter" as well as the corals from the inside of the crab. Then, I deep-fried the rest of the crabs and tossed them in a fragrant sauce called "satế," which consisted of garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, glass noodles and plenty of fresh chiles.


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The concept for this savory tart is very simple. I showed them how to make a flaky crust that took no more than 5 minutes. Then I used whatever vegetables we had on hand. This version contained thinly sliced fennel, shallots, super sweet baby bell peppers and dill for the filling. I wanted a pop of color, so as soon as the tart was fully baked, I topped it with boiled, bright green haricots verts and a few slices of homemade mozzarella. I returned it to the oven for a few minutes and we were done. What a fun way to spend Sunday in the kitchen! 


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I think the combination worked beautifully. My husband Lulu loves tea so I wanted to incorporate this ingredient in the sweets. I used it as the icing of mini-cupcakes.

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