We love our Chinese food and when we travelled around China a few years ago delighted in the number of vegetarian restaurants that we could feast in. Getting good vegetarian and vegan Chinese food in the UK isn’t always so straightforward so often we make our own. This recipe for the best, easy vegan black pepper tofu is fast becoming a favourite, it is so good. Packed full of flavour and with a real heat to it it’s satisfying and simple enough to whip up for a mid-week pick-me-up dinner. We’re making this every week at the moment as we love it so much.
Recipe – Vegan black pepper tofu: Ingredients
- 380 grams of tofu – we use marinated tofu but the firmest tofu you can get.
- 2 green peppers chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 mild red chillis sliced
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 2 onions chopped
- handful of spring onions sliced
- 2 tablespoons corn flour (enough to coat the tofu in a thin layer)
- sesame seeds
For the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon of crushed black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons of molasses
- 6 tablespoons soya sauce
- 1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine
- 0.5 tablespoon cornflour
- 0.5 tablespoon of boiling water
Serve with rice
Recipe – Vegan black pepper tofu: What to do
Take your tofu – we use a pre-marinated tofu (this is my favourite as it also brings its own flavour) but you can use an extra firm tofu (here are some instructions on draining the water and making it more firm). In a bowl coat your tofu in the cornflour, mixing it around until it is completely covered.
Heat a large flat pan or wok on the hob with a little vegetable oil and add the coated tofu and fry until gently browned all over.
Once browned add the onion, black pepper, green pepper, chillis, garlic and spring onions to the tofu and cook for 3 – 5 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
As the main ingredients are cooking start to make the sauce by taking a bowl, mixing together all the ingredients for the sauce as above and stir until the sugar is all dissolved.
Add the sauce to the vegetables and tofu and heat through.
Serve on a bed of rice with a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top and enjoy.
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