Bread it, immerse it in hot oil, and bathe it in a delicious sticky sauce and I’m all over it. This is why Chinese takeout and I get along so well.
Here is a sad fact, though: as far as I have been able to deduce, there is no decent Chinese takeout in downtown Raleigh. Boo.
So I attempted to copy. And it was – no joke – better than the restaurant version.
And of course a little healthier, too. Seriously, I try not to toot my own kitchen horn all that often, but this Sesame Tofu was a home run. It’s half-fried to give it that delicious golden crust; half-baked, to prevent grease overload. (And I promise, if you’re half-baked, you’ll inhale this stuff.)
Recipe: Restaurant-Style Sesame Tofu
Lessons I noted while concocting this:
- Corn starch is good stuff. It’s definitely what gives the sesame sauce its stickiness and makes it seem like it came right from a little white carton.
- Whipped egg whites + corn starch are an amazing batter. I knew this, but it had been a while since I used it. So light and crispy and delicious.
- Sometimes, frying is the answer. Because although I’m sure you could just bake a dish like this, it wouldn’t be the same.
I normally kinda hate leftovers, but I’m genuinely looking forward to eating the other half of this for lunch tomorrow.
Off to fondle my overstuffed belly and see if I can get in on the couch snuggle situation:
Parker (black cat) is recovering from a stint at the vet (and he is fine – thanks for your kind worried messages and tweets!) Emmy (white cat) is simply a lazy copycat. They have been napping like this all day. I kind of love how they’ve used the blanket to erect a makeshift wall. True siblings, they’ve become. Our little interracial family.
Today’s EAT: Since I’ve already rambled on about my (seriously fantastic) dinner, I’ll take a moment to give a shout out to breakfast. Obviously this isn’t a food blog where I document everything I eat, but Megan’s post got me thinking about bars and flavors and such. And thinking about breakfast, because honestly, cereal or a prepackaged bar is what I eat most mornings.
Eggs? Just don’t really like ’em…unless they’re accompanied by bacon and pancakes. Oatmeal? Huge meh. Smoothies? Nah, I just don’t like drinking my meals. (Unless we’re talking about beer for dinner.)
So my days usually start out sweet. I’m sure you could point to different options that are healthier, but I like my sugary granola and fake food bars. Yogurt Honey Peanut or Peanut Butter Balance Bars only – I don’t dig on the chocolate ones. At least, not first thing in the morning.
And obviously coffee. That goes without saying.
Today’s DRINK: The massive SNOMG storm that everyone was freaking out about never materialized. However, Raleigh has now come down with a nasty case of the sleets, which means I am highly unmotivated to leave the house tonight. And that sucks, because we are dangerously low on staples.
Which is why I’m sipping this embarrassing Rose tonight:
It’s about as impressive as it looks. Oh well. This bottle has been sitting in the rack forever. FAKE SNOMAGGEDON. The perfect time to use up the swill.
Today’s RUN: A mellow 7.2 miles. A few flurries were flying and it was actually a really nice evening for a run! Ran in to Joe and Erin at the tail end and was tempted to head out for a few more, but resisted. Gradual return to higher mileage. Gradual.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s on your daily breakfast plate?