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.”
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1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh clementine or orange juice
Two 14-ounce packages extra-firm tofu, drained well and cut into 8 rectangles each
3 cups rice flour, for breading
2 large eggs, for breading
2 cups milk, for breading
2 cups panko, for breading
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
5 black plums, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 teaspoon Sriracha
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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