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Warm Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce

January 21, 2011

I would be willing to bet that you could convert any nose wrinkling tofu hater with this dish. Just ask my 14 year old nephew. He was reaching for seconds, to his parents surprise.

* 1 (14-to 18-ounces) package soft tofu (not silken)
* 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
* 1/4 cup chopped scallion
* 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted and crushed with side of a heavy knife
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
* 1 teaspoon coarse Korean hot red-pepper flakes
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Carefully rinse tofu, then cover with cold water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then keep warm, covered, over very low heat.

Meanwhile, mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt. Stir together with remaining ingredients (except tofu).

Just before serving, carefully lift tofu from saucepan with a large spatula and drain on paper towels. Gently pat dry, then transfer to a small plate. Spoon some sauce over tofu and serve warm. Serve remaining sauce on the side.


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