Monday, August 30, 2010

orange "chicken"

A was checking out vegweb, as she often does, and found an incredible sauce recipe.  seriously incredible.  like lick the plate clean incredible.  like if you ordered orange chicken at a restaurant the sauce on our plate could not even compare to this sauce incredible.  plus, it's pretty easy to make - which definitely boosts the incredible-ness.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
red pepper flakes to taste
2 teaspoons cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water

saute the garlic and green onions in olive oil then add water, orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes.  bring to boil and reduce heat.
dissolve cornstarch in water and add it to the mixture, stirring constantly.
continue cooking until it reaches a consistency that makes you feel happy.
we've made this dish twice and A has been in charge of the sauce both times (it could be due to the fact that she loves recipes).

to prepare the tofu, i  followed a similar procedure to the one we used for the baja tacos.  i set up four bowls.  one with lemon juice, one with flour, one with a veganaise and soy milk mixture (we had no soy yogurt on hand) and one with tortilla crumbs.  cut the tofu into bite-sized pieces and dip them into each bowl (in the order listed).  then, using a cast iron skillet, fry the tofu until golden brown.

we served the tofu and sauce over a bed of sushi rice alongside steamed broccoli and peapods.


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