Crispy Tofu with Noodles


Chef Way Pino Maffeo deep-fries tofu in tempura batter, then garnishes the finished dish with lily buds.Easy Way Bread the tofu with panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and stir-fry in a wok. Skip the lily bud garnish.

Crispy Tofu with Noodles
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 7 ounces dried udon noodles

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

  • 6 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1-inch squares

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 3/4 pound mixed mushrooms, such as oyster, hen-of-the-woods and stemmed shiitake, thickly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 3/4 pound baby bok choy, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the udon and cook until tender, 5 minutes; drain. Toss with 1 teaspoon of the canola oil.

  2. Meanwhile, put the panko in a large, resealable plastic bag and crush into fine crumbs. In a shallow bowl, gently toss the tofu with the egg yolk. Transfer the tofu to the bag and coat with the panko.

  3. Heat the remaining 1/2 cup of oil in a wok until just smoking. Add the tofu and stir-fry over high heat until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the oil and return the wok to high heat. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic and bok choy and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add the udon and oyster and hoisin sauces and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the tofu and toss. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Rhône white.

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