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Tofu Katsu Noodle Bowl


Description

A crunchy & satisfying meal. Tofu Katsu is very versatile, stuff it with vegan cheese in between for sandwich or serve it as a meal with a side of salad. To get the crunchy texture, you’ll need a thick batter to coat & press the Panko breadcrumbs onto the tofu before frying. ⁣


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Ingredients

  • 3 servings noodles of your choice – cooked based on package’s instructions⁣
  • 16oz firm tofu, pressed to remove liquid
  • blanched veggies (I used bok choy)⁣
  • oil for frying⁣

Noodle sauce (for 3 servings):⁣

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce/tamari
  • 2 tablespoons mushroom stir fry sauce (or vegan oyster sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • a few shakes of white pepper

Tofu coating: ⁣

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour⁣
  • 1/23/4 cup cold water⁣
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt⁣
  • a few shakes of white pepper⁣
  • Panko breadcrumbs⁣

Instructions

Noodle sauce (for 3 servings):⁣

  1. Mix together the soy sauce/tamari, mushroom stir fry sauce, dark soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and white pepper until well combined.
  2. Set aside until ready to use.⁣

Tofu prep:

  1. Remove tofu from its packaging & drain to discard liquid. Press tofu block in between towels to remove moisture. (Or you can put the tofu back into its package & refrigerate overnight to drain out the liquid).
  2. Cut tofu into 3 rectangle slices & season with salt. ⁣

Batter:

  1. In a large plate, whisk together all-purpose flour, salt & white pepper with water until all incorporated. The batter’s consistency should be thick, if not, add more flour.
  2. Dredge tofu in the batter, shake off excess & coat with Panko breadcrumbs. Lightly press breadcrumbs into the tofu.
  3. Heat up a non-stick pan with a thin layer of oil (enough to cover 1/3 of the tofu height), shallow pan-fry until golden brown on both sides. Try not to flip until one side is fully cooked. Remove & set tofu on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.⁣
  4. Cook noodles based on package’s instructions & toss them with noodle sauce until all noodles are well coated. Season accordingly, if needed. ⁣
  5. Serve tofu Katsu with noodles & blanched veggies.

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