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One thing I love about stir fry dishes is that most people can do a pretty fine job at making them. Part of it may be due to the fact that it can be quite fun to cook up. Letting various ingredients sizzle until the flavors meld together can be a pretty pleasant process to watch. But to reap both its health and taste benefits, I whipped up this Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry recipe.
Made with slices of baby bok choy, carrots, onions, and the smooth, savory taste of soy sauce and sesame oil, this is a truly satisfying combination of great food. You may have also landed on this page because you were hoping to find a vegetarian dish. This is just one of many on Panlasang Pinoy, but I would highly recommend Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry for its rich, flavorful quality.
But should you want to try stir frying with other kinds of ingredients, such as seafood and meat, I can also veer you towards that direction. Here are some suggestions of mine!
More Stir Fry Dishes
Lots of foodies tend to go weak in the knees for dishes that pack a delicious punch. And so I made this Spicy Eggplant Stir Fry filled with the flavor of Thai chili peppers. But we also have a good balance in taste because of some white vinegar and oyster sauce, which can make nearly every Stir Fry dish good!
But if you are in a rush to craft your meal, this 15 Minute Pork Stir Fry would be perfect for you. You can finish the job in just a quarter of an hour, while also getting all of the nutrients you will want for your dish. Even just the baby corn in this recipe can give you plenty of vitamin C to help your body fight various diseases.
Here is another dish with just the right amount of spice— Chili Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry! That single tablespoon of Sriracha sauce can make this dish all the more exciting because the very slight sweetness in shrimp is perfect alongside it. You can expect a buttery, satisfying seafood dish that matches your rice amazingly.
Speaking of dishes that can match your rice amazingly, what about we head back to our Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry? You can find the simple steps to cooking this dish below.
How to Make Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry
Frying the tofu
Begin by pouring 1 cup of oil in just a small cooking pot, and then apply heat. Once the oil is hot, you can add your 12 ounces of cubed extra firm tofu. Deep fry this until you achieve a golden brown color. Just set this aside for now, but save the oil you used.
Sautéing and boiling some of our vegetables
Using a wok, heat up 3 tablespoons of the same cooking oil we used earlier. Then incorporate 1 onion you’ve sliced, as well as 4 cloves of garlic you’ve crushed. Sauté these together until your onion softens. Then add 6 shiitake mushrooms you’ve sliced, and 1 carrot that is also sliced, into the mix. We will also place 2 tablespoons of soy sauce inside, and then sauté everything for 2 minutes.
It is now time to get our 15 snow peas, and put them in the wok. Also add 1 Knorr Chicken Cube, and 1 cup of water. Wait for this to boil.
Adding oyster sauce, tofu, and some of our final ingredients
Pour 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce inside. Grab ½ head of cabbage you’ve sliced up, 1 bunch of bok choy that is also sliced, and ¾ cup of green peas, and place these in the wok. Toss everything together until well-integrated, and then put the cover on top. Keep this cooking for 3 minutes.
Then take out the tofu we deep fried earlier, and add this to your mixture. Season the dish by sprinkling in ½ teaspoon of sugar, and some salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Making the sauce thick
This step is important as it really distinguishes our stir fry dishes from other recipes with our smooth and deliciously thick sauce. Start off by putting 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a container with 3 tablespoons of water. Now mix these together, and put the mixture in the wok. Stir everything together, and keep on cooking until you get your desired consistency.
Top it all off by sprinkling in 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. Afterwards, you can just transfer everything to a serving bowl of choice, and have this with some cooked rice! This is perfect for a healthy and yummy lunch date whether it be with a significant other, or family and friends. Share your thoughts on this recipe in the comments below!
- ½ head cabbage sliced
- 1 Knorr Chicken Cube
- 1 bunch baby bok choy sliced
- 6 shiitake mushrooms sliced
- 15 snow peas
- 12 oz. tofu extra firm, cubed
- ¾ cups green peas
- 1 carrot sliced
- 1 onion sliced
- 4 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Heat 1 cup of oil in a small cooking pot. Deep fry the tofu until it turns golden brown. Set aside.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of the same oil in a wok. Sauté onion and garlic.
- Add mushrooms and carrot once the onion softens.
- Pour the soy sauce. Sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add snow peas, Knorr Chicken Cube, and water. Let boil.
- Put the oyster sauce along with the cabbage, bok choy, and green peas into the wok. Toss. Cover. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the fried tofu and season with sugar, salt, and ground black pepper.
- Combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Mix well and then pour into the wok. Stir and continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
- Finish by adding sesame oil.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with rice.
- Share and enjoy!