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Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Kung Pao Tofu is easy to assemble; very tasty sauce and all around great flavor


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    1 tablespoon Chinkiang (Chinese black) vinegar
    2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, divided
    1 pinch salt
    14 to 16 ounces firm tofu (depending on package size), drained
    vegetable or canola, for cooking
    1 (3-inch) pieces ginger, peeled and minced
    3 dried chiles (such as Thai or serrano), halved
    3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    2 scallions, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon toasted, crushed Sichuan peppercorns (optional)
    2 tablespoons unsalted or salted roasted peanuts
    Cooked rice, for serving


  • 1. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of water, the soy sauces, vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, and salt until well combined.
    2. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl. Rub with the remaining 3 tablespoons of cornstarch until all sides are lightly coated.
    3. Pour enough oil to coat the bottom of a large non-stick pan and set it over medium heat. Add the tofu into the hot oil and panfry until golden brown all over, 1 to 3 minutes per side, adding more oil if the pan looks dry at any point. Transfer to a plate.
    4. Using the same pan, sauté the ginger until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes, adding more oil if the pan looks dry. Add the chiles, garlic, and white parts of the scallions. Stir-fry for about 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant.
    5. Add the tofu, sauce, and Sichuan peppercorns (if using), then quickly toss until the tofu is evenly coated with sauce, about 1 minute. Fold in the remaining green parts of the scallions and the peanuts.
    6. Serve warm with a bowl of rice.

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