By Suganya Hariharan

When I was young, I spent most of my time with my family in the kitchen, and I don’t regret it. I used to sit on the kitchen counter and taste my parents’ cooking. I had no idea what tofu was until I was in tenth grade, when my dad bought it from the market in Singapore. At first, I was a little hesitant to have it for dinner. I stood near the kitchen with my mom as she cooked the scrambled tofu with chopped onions and chilies. We had it with some hot rotis (Indian bread) and it tasted scrumptious! My dad started buying tofu regularly after that, making me different kinds of dishes with tofu – this recipe is one version of that dish. Using garlic with the skin on gives this dish a different flavour.

Serve this recipe as an appetizer with toothpicks, or alongside rice noodles or plain sticky rice. You can also use it as a sandwich filling for a quick, healthy breakfast.

Spicy Garlic Soy Tofu, Courtesy of Suganya Hariharan, relishthebite.com, Montreal

This vegan dish doubles as a crowd-pleasing weeknight dinner or a quick and easy appetizer when unexpected guests arrive.
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Prep time: 4 mins
Cook time: 6 mins
Yield: 2 cups (500 mL)

Ingredients
8-10 dry red chilies
1 2-inch (5 cm) piece ginger
1 tbsp (15 mL) white sesame seeds
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
7-8 cloves garlic, skin on
2 tbsp (30 mL) sesame oil
2 tsp (10 mL) soy sauce
1 tsp (5 mL) pepper powder
1 lb (450 g) extra-firm tofu, in bite-sized cubes
green onions, chopped

Directions
1. Place the chilies, ginger, sesame seeds, salt and garlic in blender and pulse 3 or 4 times, or until coarse paste forms.
2. Heat oil in frying pan over medium-low heat; add spice paste. Fry for 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, pepper powder and tofu cubes.
3. Toss well to coat, cooking for about 2 minutes or until tofu turns slightly golden and crispy.
4. Garnish with chopped green onions.

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RelishTheBite
My name is Suganya Hariharan, author of RelishTheBite. My “factual job” is writing SQL queries for my quality control analyst position. In the cooking department: I do the cooking, writing and photography for the blog. I believe in the taste of happiness and my blog is a place to find the recipe for your favourite food. Never be afraid to try new flavours in your cooking!