Eastern Euphoria: Kung Pao Tofu Delight


Venture into the heart of Sichuan cuisine with this tantalizing Kung Pao Tofu. Silky tofu cubes, immersed in a robust and spicy sauce, harmonize with the crunch of peanuts and the zing of chili peppers. This dish is a symphony of flavors and textures, promising a culinary journey that is both fiery and sublime.

Photo of a bowl filled with Kung Pao Tofu, showcasing glossy tofu cubes, roasted peanuts, and fiery red chilies, set against an oriental dining backdrop.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: A generous bowlful with ample sauce.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 280 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 18g
  • Fats: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Fiber: 3g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Firm tofu (cubed): 400 grams
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Dried red chilies: 8
  • Sichuan peppercorns: 5 grams
  • Garlic (minced): 10 grams
  • Ginger (minced): 10 grams
  • Soy sauce: 50ml
  • Rice vinegar: 20ml
  • Sugar: 15 grams
  • Cornstarch: 10 grams
  • Peanuts (roasted): 100 grams
  • Scallions (chopped): 50 grams

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Start by pressing the tofu to remove excess moisture. Cut into even cubes.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add dried chilies and Sichuan peppercorns. Fry for a minute until aromatic.
  3. Add the minced garlic and ginger, sautéing until fragrant.
  4. Gently add the tofu cubes, ensuring they are well coated with the aromatic oils.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch. Pour this mixture over the tofu in the wok.
  6. Allow the sauce to thicken and coat the tofu cubes evenly.
  7. Stir in the roasted peanuts.
  8. Garnish with freshly chopped scallions.
  9. Serve hot with steamed rice or noodles.
Photo of the cooking process in the wok, with tofu cubes sizzling in the rich sauce, surrounded by peanuts and aromatic ingredients.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an added dimension, a splash of sesame oil can enhance the dish's aroma.
  • Adjust the number of chilies based on your preferred spice level.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use other nuts instead of peanuts? Certainly! Cashews or almonds can be a delightful substitute.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently to maintain the tofu's texture.