Peanut butter noodles with fried hoisin tofu
The marinated tofu is treated so well in this recipe—lightly crisp on the outside and tender
on the inside. If you’ve never had udon noodles, then now’s your chance.
Servings: 2 people
Mix the hoisin and 2 tablespoons soy sauce in a small bowl. Add the cubed tofu, toss, and let marinate for 30 minutes.
Place the cornstarch on a large plate. Remove the tofu from marinade and lay out on cornstarch, tossing to coat all sides. (Add more cornstarch/potato starch, if necessary.)
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the tofu to the hot oil and fry on all sides. Set aside.
Fill a large saucepan with water and cover. Bring to a boil and add the udon. Cook for 5 minutes and drain. Set aside.
Add the broth, peanut butter, and remaining 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce to the same saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and cook for 2 minutes, then add the udon back into the pan. Coat the udon with the sauce. Add the spinach to the pot and stir into the sauce and noodles. Continue cooking, on low, for about 3 minutes until the spinach wilts.
Remove from the heat and divide between two bowls. Place half of the tofu on top of each bowl of udon. Drizzle the remaining hoisin mixture over the top.
*Cadry says: Instead of pressing tofu, I used super firm tofu in vacuum packaging. It doesn't require pressing before using. (In the cookbook, it's listed as 4 ounces of tofu, but that's a typo. It should be 8 ounces, as listed here.)
**Cadry says: I prefer to use frozen udon noodles instead of dried. Frozen noodles are sold in Asian grocery stores. They come in packages with 8 ounce portions of noodles. One portion works great for this recipe. If using frozen noodles, cook according to package directions. (Frozen noodles usually only require about a minute of boiling, because they are already fully-cooked.) Then continue with the recipe.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Ginny McMeans and The Countryman Press.
Calories: 876kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 3713mg | Potassium: 855mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6770IU | Vitamin C: 19.9mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4.7mg