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Meatless Monday with Vegan Kung Pao Tofu

Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for a new edition of our Meatless Monday recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

With Chinese New Year approaching we thought we would feature a traditional spicy stir-fry usually made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers but made vegan. Today’s Vegan Kung Pao Tofu version will make going meat-free easier and proves that you can be vegan and still continue eating some of your favourite takeaway . This deliciously spicy take on the Chinese classic dish comes via the website China Sichuan Food. Although it is not a vegan food blog, it does have a few very good vegan recipes like this one today.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 pound firm tofu or extra firm tofu

    Meatless-Monday-Vegan-Kung-Pao-Tofu

    Image courtesy of chinasichuanfood.com

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced (or with dried chili pepper)
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch root ginger sliced
  • 5 scallions get the white part for stir-frying and the green part for garnish

Stir-fry Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons black vinegar (if not available, can be substituted with balsamic but sugar may have to be adjusted/decreased to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Cut the firm tofu into cubes around 4~6 cm long. And then drain to remove the water on the surface.
  2. Cut red pepper and green pepper into small slices.
  3. Heat up 3 tablespoons of peanut oil in wok. And get the cubes in to stir-fry until tofu becomes gold-brown in surface. Move the tofu cubes out and pour the extra oil out of the wok, only left around 2 teaspoons in.
  4. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for stir-fry sauce.
  5. Get ginger, garlic and scallions in to stir-fry until you can smell the aroma; return tofu cubes in along with pepper slices. Stir-fry until the pepper slices becomes soft.
  6. Add the sauce to wok and mix well. If you want to add roasted peanuts in, add it after pour the stir-fry sauce in.
  7. Transfer all the content to a serving plate and garnish some chopped spring onions.

You can serve this with some steamed brown rice and garlic broccoli or bok choy.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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