|Dorothy Lieske 1919-2011|
Taken Christmas 2004, her last Christmas at home
A Favorite Tofu Dish
The first Christmas I spent in California, Christmas dinner was non-traditional to say the least. Roger prepared an Asian feast, complete with a carved winter melon soup. It was not like any Christmas dinner I had ever had. Yes, I am a sucker for tradition, but I remember admiring his passion and abandon when he was cooking. If I recall, Roger had a restaurateur friend in San Francisco who taught him about Chinese cooking. On a busy week night, Roger would often whip up a platter of Tofu with Green Onions in Oyster Sauce. It was quick. It was easy. It was nutritious. It was a great dish that became my "go to" dish during my vegetarian days. I may have burned out on it back then and filed it away in the back of my mind. I found myself thinking about it lately. Unfortunately, I never wrote this recipe down. I recall the basic flavors and have now added or subtracted (who knows) ingredients to create a reasonable facsimile of the original dish. I've added snow peas which you can leave out if you so desire. I like the contrasting crunch, without an overpowering additional flavor. If you do not have a well seasoned wok, and I mean WELL seasoned, tofu is best cooked in a non stick wok or skillet.
Tofu with Green Onions in Oyster Sauce
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1 pound extra firm tofu, cut into bite sized cubes
6 green onions, cut on the diagonal into 1 inch lengths
4 ounces snow peas
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 clove minced garlic
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry
1 tablespoon peanut oil or other mild
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
a pinch of sugar
- Heat oil in wok. When oil is heated, add the ginger and garlic, stir for 10 seconds and add cubed tofu.
- Stir fry tofu until it begins to get a golden crispy crust.
- Add snow peas and green onions. Stir fry about 3 more minutes.
- Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sherry. Stir fry one more minute.
- Add 1 pinch of sugar and stir.
- Turn off heat, drizzle with toasted sesame oil.