Cooking Up Tofu With Aloha

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - August 29, 2007
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This week Paul Uyehara and Tuyet Trinh of Aloha Tofu visit the show to prepare the following recipes. This show aired originally on Oct. 1, 2005.

DEEP FRIED TOFU ROLL

* 8 sheets 12-inch round rice paper wrapper

* 1 cup warm water in a large bowl

* 8 ounces rice stick, add to boiling water for 5 minutes, rinse in cold water, drain and set aside

* iceberg lettuce, shredded * bean sprouts, washed and drained

* mint leaves * carrots, shredded (optional)

* cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch strips, 3 inches long (optional)

* 2 pieces Aloha Tofu brand deep-fried tofu (atsuage), cut into 1/4-inch strips

* 2 tablespoons oil

* 2 heaping tablespoons minced garlic

* 1/2 round onion, wedged

* 1 heaping tablespoon minced lemon grass

* 2 heaping tablespoons oyster sauce


Heat oil in fry pan, and then add garlic, onions, lemon grass, tofu and oyster sauce. Cook until onions are transparent. Set aside.

Dip rice paper wrapper into warm water, quickly remove and lay flat on a clean, damp towel. (Note: the sticky side of the wrapper should be facing down, in contact with the towel.) Lay shredded lettuce on bottom third of the wrapper. Place rice sticks, carrots, cucumbers, and several bean sprouts on top of lettuce. In the middle of the wrapper, arrange two strips of tofu, then mint leaves, and two more strips of tofu. Roll wrapper halfway up to form a cylinder. Fold both sides of wrapper over the filling and continue to roll until fully sealed. Keep covered with a clean, damp towel until ready to serve. Serve with peanut sauce.

For Peanut Sauce:

* oil, for frying

* 1 tablespoon minced garlic

* 4 heaping tablespoons hoisin sauce

* 1/2 cup water

* 2 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter

* 1 tablespoon sugar

* 1 small red chili pepper, seeded and minced

* 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with water

Mix hoisin sauce, water and peanut butter until creamy, add sugar and chili pepper. Heat oil in saucepan and add garlic. Add mixture and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch mixture to thicken. Allow to cool and serve with deep-fried tofu rolls.


Optional: 2 tablespoons minced roasted peanuts

DEEP FRIED TOFU WITH EGGPLANT

* 2 pieces Aloha Tofu brand deep-fried tofu (atsuage) cut into bite-size pieces

* 2 medium-size long eggplant

* 15 medium shrimp

* 2 tablespoons oil, for frying

* 1 tablespoon minced garlic

* 1 medium round onion, wedged

* 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

* 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

Cut eggplant in half lengthwise, then in 1/4-inch diagonal pieces. Boil eggplant until soft then set aside. Heat oil in frying pan and add garlic, round onions, shrimp, deep-fried tofu, oyster sauce and green onions. Add eggplant, stir and serve.

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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