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Soy-Braised Tofu with Bok Choy
This Chinese-style braised tofu is an ideal midweek dinner over rice or noodles. Shallow frying the tofu first makes it sturdier and prevents it from breaking apart in the sauce. (You could also deep-fry or use an air fryer.) Cutting the tofu into thicker pieces means that each mouthful is crisp yet plump, with a soft interior. This is an adaptable dish; when adding the bell peppers, you could add more vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snow peas or whatever you have on hand. Those familiar with restaurant-style braised tofu may expect more sauce, but in this homestyle version, the seasoning sauce delicately coats the tofu and vegetables without drowning them. That said, double the sauce if you prefer.

By Hetty Lui McKinnon
Total Time
20 minutes
4 servings

April 13 2024
  • Yield:4 servings
  • subheading: FOR THE TOFU:
  • 1 (14-ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry
  • Neutral oil, such as grapeseed or vegetable
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon doubanjiang or chile oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts separated and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), stem and membrane removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine (optional)
  • 4 baby bok choy, trimmed and halved through the stem
  • Cooked rice or noodles, for serving
  • subheading: FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian stir-fry sauce or oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
Note: Ingredients may have been altered from the original.
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