Thursday, May 22, 2014

Asian Dinner

Hosted a dinner party, made some tasty food, had a great time.  Some of these dishes were bought pre-made, like the gluten with peanuts, snap peas, chile peas, sea cucumbers, preserved tofu, and chile bamboo shoots.  The vegetable bao were also pre-made, but I deep fried them.

The napa salad had shredded napa, watercress leaves, and a sesame soy vinaigrette I made with chopped chiles, sesame oil, crushed ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, salt, wite pepper, and raw sugar.  The tofu in brown sauce required a little planning.

Brown sauce:

Vegetarian oyster sauce, soy sauce, veggie broth, raw sugar, white pepper, and cornstarch slurry in rice vinegar.  Add everything but the cornstarch slurry and bring to a boil, stirring.  When it does start to boil, add the slurry and stir until thickened.  I made this ahead of time and warmed it back up when the tofu was fired.

Fried Tofu:

Drain the tofu overnight, then soak in soy sauce to season.  Make your favorite cornstarch beer batter Mine didn't come out well :(  Deep fry in oil at 350 until golden brown and drain on paper towels.

Cover in brown sauce, top with cilantro and pecans.  Nom Nom!! :D

<a href="" title="Asian Inspired Vegan Dinner by chiquibuttons, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="375" alt="Asian Inspired Vegan Dinner"></a>

You can see the rest of the photos here.