Five-spice tofu - my favourite spice
April 30th 2012 07:21
Even though it is technically a spice blend, I am happy to say that Chinese five-spice is my all time favourite spice. Generally a blend of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, Szechuan peppercorns and fennel seeds, it is possible, and pretty simple, to make your own spice mix using these ingredients (feel free to do a little search, and then come back here for a recipe to use it!)**
I picked up some nice tofu from the local organic shop the other day, and when I did I knew in the back of my mind that I had a recipe somewhere for five-spice tofu. I had a search through my recipe box, and eventually found it in the miscellaneous section (who would have thought).
This is a very simple recipe to make, and tastes great, especially served with a little soy sauce and some steamed Asian greens.
**If you find a good five-spice blend recipe then let me know
500g firm tofu
50g plain flour
25g corn flour
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 teaspoons five-spice powder
oil for shallow frying
Cut the tofu into 1cm slices. Combine flours with salt and five-spice powder. Heat oil in a frying pan to around 180 degrees. Dust tofu with flour mix, add to the oil and fry on each side for approximately 1-2 minutes, until golden. Drain on paper towel and repeat with all tofu.
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