© Lucas Allen
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Total Time
1 HR 15 MIN
Serves : 8

Chef Bill Kim says this is a great recipe to make for people who don’t like tofu. “Tell them it’s cheese!” he says. “Tofu done right is delicious.” Slideshow: Terrific Tofu Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    Make the Tofu

In a baking dish, whisk the mirin, soy, lime juice, clementine juice and 1/4 cup of water. Add the tofu and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning once; pat dry.

Step 2    Meanwhile, Make the Plum Sauce

In a saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Cook the onion and garlic over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion starts to brown. Add dark brown sugar, black plums and tamarind paste. Cook, stirring, until soft, about 12 minutes; let cool. Transfer sauce to a blender and pulse with Sriracha until nearly smooth. Season with salt and set aside.

Step 3    Meanwhile, Make the Plum Sauce

In a shallow dish, spread 1 cup of the rice flour. In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs with the milk and the remaining 2 cups of rice flour. Spread the panko in a third shallow dish. Dredge the tofu in the flour, the egg mixture and then the panko, lightly patting the coating to help it adhere.

Step 4    Meanwhile, Make the Plum Sauce

In a large saucepan, heat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 325°. Fry the coated tofu in batches, turning, until deep golden, 7 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Serve hot, with the Plum Sauce.

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