Have you ever made something that was just so delicious you did a happy dance? You know, just a little jig as your tastebuds danced along with you? (Come on, I won’t tell anyone!) Well, that’s how I felt when I took a bite of this green beans and tofu dish.
Okay, let me back up… have you seen all the green beans and snap peas in the farmers markets lately? I was at the Miracle Mile Farmers Market this week and grabbed some green beans from the Underground Farms produce stand. My plan for them was a new recipe I’ve been dying to try from Katie Chin‘s new cookbook, Everyday Thai Cooking. If you don’t usually like tofu, you gotta try this one! It will make you a convert.
First, you’re going to cut and blanch the green beans, then set aside.
The firm tofu should be cubed, dredged, then fried. You can use a skillet or wok. I used a regular skillet and added about 1/4″ of oil, turning the pieces until all sides were brown. The corn starch in the flour mixture helps the tofu crisp up nicely.
(Okay, technically these aren’t cubes… shhhhh. You can cut these in half if you want smaller pieces.) Remove the tofu and drain on a paper towel. Dump all but a tablespoon of the oil and sauté the garlic and onion until translucent, then add the tofu back in. So now it’s picking up the yumminess of the garlic and onion flavoring! Fried+garlic+onion= licking my lips!
Add in the green beans and the remaining ingrediants and stir-fry for another minute. Personally, I see nothing wrong with eating this right out of the pan but I guess you could sit down and serve it as a perfect vegetarian meal as is, on a bed of rice, or as a side dish.
So when you’re at the farmers market this weekend, grab some of those green beans and try this out. You’ll thank me! Actually, you’ll thank Chef Katie. And it’s nice to know cookbook authors because then you can contact them and beg for a copy to giveaway. And Katie was kind enough to oblige so we have one copy of Everyday Thai Cooking up for grabs! (Enter below) Oh and make sure to make the Coconut Cake with Mango Sauce for dessert. Delish!