Monday, July 25, 2011

Cooking Lesson 2: Fried Tofu with Green Onion and Cilantro Sauce

Ever since Randi moved to the DC area from NC she started eating tofu. I knew the perfect dish for this cooking lesson but I needed the help of my mom who's been making this ever since I was little. This is a super easy recipe with very few ingredients.

A tub of firm tofu (I got ours at the local Asian market)
A bunch of chopped cilantro
5 stems of chopped green onions
2 cups of vegetable oil to fry
1/2 cup soy sauce
  1. Drain the tofu water and place tofu in a strainer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Chop up green onions and cilantro and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of soy sauce and set aside. Put the rest of the soy sauce in another bowl.
  3. In a frying pan, heat up oil for about 5 minutes. Don't let the oil smoke. We set the temperature at 400 degrees.
  4. Add the tofu and cook for about 10 minutes on each side.
  5. Once tofu is brown take the tofu out of the oil and immediately dip in the second bowl of soy sauce. Then place in the bowl of green onion and cilantro. You only need to coat the tofu on each side lightly.
  6. Mix the cooked tofu and green onion and cilantro together.
  7. Serve and eat!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Festive Corn Salsa

Happy 4th of July! What a more festive way to celebrate is to make a colorful corn salsa. This recipe is taken from my wonderful mother and is made several times a year. My mom makes it with beans and you can opt in or out your own ingredients. I mix my corn salsa with pasta to make a pasta salad or you can eat them with tortilla chips. Bring this to a bbq, work party, or make it just because you're craving something good. This recipe always gets rave reviews and everyone will be asking you for the recipe.
Corn Salsa
1 bag frozen sweet corn (I use Trader Joes frozen sweet corn)
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 orange pepper
1 bunch of cilantro
1/2 red onion
1/2 cup Robusto Italian dressing (If you can't find Robusto then regular Italian dressing is fine)

Chop all the peppers, cilantro and red onion the same size as the corn. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!