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P.F. Chang Who? Tofu Lettuce Wraps


Lettuce Wraps

This makes for a great appetizer or lunch.  One time I took this to a party and it was a super hit.  I was asked for the recipe by several people. The serving dish was down to bare bones within seconds.

  • Tofu Firm                               2 bricks
  • Soy sauce                                3       tbsp
  • Green leaf lettuce                    leaves      cleaned and dried with a paper towel
  • Cilantro chopped                    1/3 cup
  • garlic                                       3      big cloves garlic
  • ginger                                      1 ½      cms ginger
  • Red      Chili paste                       on      the side
  • spicy      mustard                          on      the side
  • Vegetable      Oil                          2-2      ½  tablespoons

Procedure:

  1. Dry the tofu using paper towels to get as much moisture out as possible.  Don’t squeeze lest you crumble it.
  2. Dice into 1*1.25 cms.
  3. Heat a heavy bottomed wide skillet or pan and add 1 ½ tbsp of vegetable oil.
  4. Heat the oil for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat or until hot.
  5. Add one of the diced tofu to the skillet and give the skillet a few good shakes.
  6. Use a spatula to carefully handle the tofu, stirring occasionally without      crumbling the tofu.
  7. Adjust the heat to medium high and let tofu cook for 10 minutes, stirring      occasionally and adjusting heat as needed until tofu looks golden.
  8. Remove from skillet onto a paper towel lined plate and repeat with the second brick      of diced tofu.  You may want to add      another ½ or 1 tbsp of oil if needed.
  9. While the tofu is cooking, place your cilantro, garlic and ginger in a chopper and chop till finely chopped.
  10. Add the soy sauce and stir to coat all the tofu and cook for another 3-5 minutes on medium high heat.
  11. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro, ginger and garlic and give it a quick stir.  Turn off heat.
  12. To serve arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and place the tofu over it.
  13. Serve with spicy red chili paste and spicy mustard on the side.

NOTE: If taking this to a party, keep the lettuce and tofu separate until ready to serve.  Place the lettuce on a platter. Place the tofu in a microwave safe dish.  Cove with a moist paper towel and heat the tofu.  Place it on the lettuce bed and attack.

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