'This is one of the most basic of dishes for regular Asian cooks. Broccoli stir fried with tofu? Who can't do that? You may think. But you would be surprised that there are some beginner cooks who may not know how to cook such a basic dish. My Cooking Frenz committee member mentioned recently during our meeting - what we may think is so simple may actually be out of reach to someone else. Wise words, Alice :) Cooking Frenz is an initiative I joined recently to reach out to the women in my community thru what else? Cooking , of course! :)
A close friend Nisha asked me just yesterday ' Any more tofu dishes, dear? Quick dinner meals with tofu?' This recipe was in the typing process- I rushed it out especially for you dear. No problem Nish - you are truly worth rushing it out for :)
Ingredients (Serves 4)
2 tbsps. canola oil
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bird's eye chilli (chilli padi), sliced
1 medium head of broccoli, stems removed and kept for veg stock
1 block of firm tofu, cubed
A handful of cashew nuts
3 tsps. light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
Halved small limes and sliced bird's eye chillies on the side
Break the broccoli into florets, wash and steam for 5 mins. Don't over cook otherwise they would all disintegrate and become mushy in the final step. Then plunge into ice cold water to retain its beautiful green hue.
Heat the oil and fry the minced garlic and sliced bird's eye chilli.
Then add in the tofu cubes, dark soy sauce, 2 tsps of light soy sauce and cashew. Saute on high heat till the tofu cubes are browned .
Then add in the drained broccoli and the remaining 1 tsp light soy sauce.
Mix well and serve piping hot with steamed Jasmine Rice or a Simple Fried Rice
You have the protein (tofu and cashews), carbs (rice) and the power vitamins & minerals (broccoli). You can't go wrong in this dish.