Summer Pairing

Crispy Tofu with Veggie Stir Fry & A Mojito

A lot of people I’ve talked to don’t seem to like tofu all that much. I grew up eating it and love it, especially when it’s crispy. It’s not that hard to make and it tastes great with some stir fried vegetables.

I chose to pair this dish with a mojito to add a little sweetness to the dish and counteract the saltiness of the stir fry. Does it pair well together?

Let’s find out…

The Drink: 

I actually didn’t have sugar to make with this drink. I ended up using honey instead. It’s an easy substitute and still tastes great.

What you’l need: 

  • White Rum
  • Club Soda/Bubbly Water
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 tsp of Honey
  • 1/4 of a Lime Juice
  • 1/4 of a Lime
  • Ice
  • A Tall Glass

Chop up the mint leaves and place in the bottom of a tall glass. Squeeze in a 1/4 of lime juice. Add in the teaspoon of honey. Muddle at the bottom of the glass. Add in the ice and club soda or bubbly water. Mix well then add in a shot of white rum.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Food: 

What you’ll need for the tofu: DSCN1342

  • Extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 corn starch
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

What you’ll need for the stir fry

  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spring Onions
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Canola oil

Start by draining and pressing the tofu in paper towels. You’ll want to get all of the moister out of the tofu. You can press the tofu between two cutting boards to speed up the process. While the tofu is being pressed, chop up your stir fry vegetables into long strips.

Once the tofu is dry, cut into 1/4 inch cubes. Toss in a mixture of corn starch, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Make sure all of the tofu is evenly coated. Place 1/4 of an inch of canola oil in a pan. Allow to heat before adding in tofu. Once the tofu hits the pan it should start to sizzle. Turn the tofu once when you can easily pick it up off the pan. The tofu should only take a few minutes each side. Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

While the tofu is frying, stir fry the veggies in canola oil, soy sauce, and sesame oil. It should only take a few minutes for the veggies to cook. If you are using raw broccoli, allow to steam for about 6 minutes before adding to the stir fry.

Serve with rice, ponzu (for dipping), and top with sesame seeds.

The Pairing: 

DSCN1343

It’s a mild mix of sweet and spicy flavors. The citrus in the ponzu brings out the subtle sweetness of the mojito. The mojito compliments the saltiness of the stir fry. The  mint can be a little overwhelming at times, but it does work well with the food. The crispy tofu is a little spicy and I think it adds just the right amount of heat to the dish.

Level of Recommendation: It’s a nice relaxing pairing, even in the middle of summer.

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