I never realize how simple it is to make my own savory baked tofu or maybe it’s because I’m just plain lazy. No, I’m just very busy (that sounds much better). Anyways, it’s not that hard at all.
Unlike Crispy Baked Tofu, there’s no breading involved. Instead tofu is baked in a delicious Chinese 5-spice marinade – great right out of the oven or store in the fridge for use later in stir-fries, spring rolls, salads or even jook.
Chinese 5-spice Baked Tofu
Makes about 9 pieces
1 pound firm tofu
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the tofu into 1/4″ thick slices. Wrap the slices in paper towels and place a heavy weight on top for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and stir until well combined. If it seems a little too thick, add a tiny bit of water to thin it out. Add the tofu slices one at a time to the marinade coating well on all sides. Place the slices on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes on each side.
Mochachocolata-Rita is hosting a Chinese Take-out Party blog event to celebrate her 88th post. The number 88 in Chinese symbolizes fortune and good luck. The Chinese 5-spice Baked Tofu is my contribution to the take-out party.
While I love getting fried tofu for Chinese take-out, it’s probably not the healthiest thing on the menu. Baked tofu has tons of the flavor, an excellent texture and the added bonus of being a bit healthier. Hopefully something all guests can appreciated.