400 g tau kwa (firm tofu)
4 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp garlic - chopped
2 tsp ginger - grated
1⁄2 cup onion - finely diced
1 tbsp red chili paste
2 large red chilies - finely chopped
4 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
4 tsp honey
2 tbsp sesame seeds - roasted
1 tbsp sesame oil
1⁄4 cup crushed peanuts
1⁄2 cup spring onions (green part only)
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp black pepper
1 cup water
Honey is a gift from bees to those who have a sweet tooth. Consider a ‘less bad’ sweetener, honey is used to flavor a variety of desserts. It can also be used to replace sugar in dishes for individuals who have diabetes or want to cut down on their sugar intake. Not to mention, it pairs well with tons of other ingredients. It can be found in various dishes from cakes, smoothies and other desserts.
Honey gets its sweetness from glucose and monosaccharides fructose. It is produced by bees collecting nectar. Beekeepers use bee smokers to safely collect honey from a domesticated beehive or from wild bee colonies.
Honey may be sweet, but did you know that you could also incorporate honey into savory dishes?
No doubt savory dishes leverage salty, sour and spicy flavors to delight one’s taste buds, but a hint of sweetness can add a pop of flavor to a mundane dish. And thanks to its sweetness and viscosity, honey can be used to cook a variety of dishes without diluting or overpowering other flavors.
In fact, honey can be found in countless cuisines. They can be used as a glaze or incorporated into a dipping sauce.
Want to start cooking with honey? This Honey Sesame Tofu dish can be your starting point!
Perfect as a meal or a happy hour snack, the Honey Sesame Tofu is a delightfully crispy and savory vegetarian dish. It can be eaten on its own, with other dishes, or even with rice. The burst of flavor comes from the sauce –a symphony of honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, onions and chilies –which pairs nicely with the soft, subtle taste of tofu.
Whether you are looking for a quick midday bite, a side dish to complement other dishes, or a starter for a 3-course meal, this Honey Sesame Tofu is sure to satisfy your hunger.
Believe it or not, the type of honey you use makes a difference.
Since the Honey Sesame Tofu is a savory dish, you would want to avoid honey that contains floral or fruity scents. Try to choose honey that is more viscous as you would not want to dish to be too watery.
This dish requires firm tofu. Avoid silky or soft tofu as you would not want it to crumble when you deep-fry it.
Absolutely! This dish is completely meat-free.
Definitely. This dish involves deep-frying, so you would want to use pans that retain heat well. You could also use a frying pan.
Ideally, you would want to separate the sauce from the tofu to prevent the tofu from getting soggy. Store them in the fridge.
Once cooled, you could strain the oil with a cheesecloth and store it in a dark, cool place.
If you have a kitchen thermometer on hand, you could check the temperature. The ideal temperature is 360-375 Fahrenheit.
Alternatively, you could stick a wooden spoon into the oil, if you see bubbles forming, the oil is ready for frying. But if it is bubbling vigorously, the oil is too hot.
Garnish the dish with more spring onions and chilis. Serve hot with rice for a hearty meal.