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Sticky spicy tofu and charred broccoli buddha bowl

We used to serve a variation of this in the cafe and it was always a hit. Recently a Chef friend Charlie May made some of this for the cafe and it was good and so popular. This is incredibly tasty and one for even the most ardent tofu hater to try! 

Serves 2

Takes 15 mins


For the tofu

  • 400g firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (or flour if you don't have)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tamari/ soy sauce

Spicy Sticky Sauce

  • 4 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 clove garlic/1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 inch cubed of fresh ginger/1 tsp ginger powder 
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp tamari/ soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp cornflour (or flour if you don't have) + 1 tsp water mixed 

To Serve for the buddha bowl

  • 250g broccoli
  • 2 spring onions
  • Toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle
  • 100g sauerkraut
  • 1 avocado

First step press the tofu to squeeze out a little water as this will make it easier to fry. Chop the tofu into small cubes approx 1.5cm. Finely dice the garlic clove and the ginger if using fresh garlic and ginger.

In a bowl mix together the tofu, cornstarch (or flour), garlic powder, and black pepper and mix well. 

Heat a wide bottomed non stick pan on high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil 

Once hot add in the tofu and fry on each side until it starts to char and sear on each side. This should take approx 5-6 mins.

While the tofu is cooking, mix together the ingredients for the spicy sticky sauce ensuring that there are no lumps and it's all well incorporated. A fork works great if you don’t have a small whisk. 

 Back to the cooking tofu, once it is seared or lightly brown all over add the 2 tbsp of tamari/ soy sauce and mix well so that each piece absorbs some tamari. 

Pour in the sticky sauce on top of the tofu and mix well, cook for 1-2 mins until it’s nice and sticky. Remove from the heat.

Cut the broccoli into bite size florets and par boil in salted water. Drain and cook on a griddle pan or hot frying pan until they start to char slightly. Remove and set aside

Serve with some charred broccoli and toasted sesame seeds, some sliced avocado, kim chi and the sticky tofu and rice or grain of choice- it makes a wonderful dinner, lunch or even breakfast!


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