Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Peanut sauce.

peanut sauce

I am addicted to peanut sauce at the moment, as I've already mentioned. My favourite meal recently has been golden tofu on a green salad with strips of crispy red pepper, topped with a generous dollop of coconutty peanut sauce.

To make peanut sauce I fry 3 finely chopped garlic cloves in a tablespoon of butter until golden then quickly add a tin of coconut milk, mixing in several very large tablespoons of chunky peanut butter,  a tablespoon each of lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and a sprinkle of chilli flakes, using more or less of each ingredient to taste.

To make golden tofu I place a block of firm tofu in a bowl and place another bowl on top of the block for 30 minutes to press out any extra liquid. Pat the tofu dry with tissue paper, cut into small rectangular panels, sieve cornflour to coat all over and place in a frying pan hot with peanut oil. Fry until golden, turning carefully once (this is hard!) to crisp both sides. (Thanks to What Katie Does for the cornflour tip! It really is the key to making the tofu golden.)

I also want to try Gado-gado, an Indonesian dish I tried in Amsterdam which is a vegetable and egg salad topped with peanut sauce. I made a big batch of sauce last night so I'm going to freeze it into portions to defrost whenever I need my peanut fix.

(I clearly need to practise photographing food. Obviously I chose the most difficult to look tasty dish imaginable for my inaugural food post. Just how I roll.)

12 comments:

  1. mmm. I'm going to try that. Looks delicious.

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  2. Thanks back for the peanut sauce recipe, it sounds yum. I love sesame sauce, too - toasted crushed sesame seeds with soy, sugar and mirin - great as a dressing for green veg.

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  3. ok, that's going in the list of recipes to try! thanks for the cornflour tip too, it's really hard to get tofu crunchy - so i will definitely try this.

    i had gad-gado in indonesia actually and it was my favourite local dish - really tasty.

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  4. That sauce sounds great, i shall have to give it a try. I agree with you about pressing tofu, and thanks for passing on the cornflour tip - interesting. I also find that freezing tofu and then defrosting it before use causes more of the water to come out of it, so it's even dried after you press it and that helps it to crisp up too. Mm, crispy tofu....

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  5. Sounds fantastic - cornflour, hmm? I'll be trying this out at the weekend! (thai green curry for dinner this evening)

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  6. Yum! I love peanut sauce. Normally my husband makes it, but now, with your recipe, I might surprise him!

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  7. Try this http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/oct/25/vegetarian-recipes-black-pepper-tofu it's yummo

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  8. Delicious! I'm a big fan of peanut sauce / sate too. As you found out in Amsterdam, there are some great dishes served over with lashing of it on! Yum

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  9. I've unfortunately seen this post at 10.45am... now I'm going to want it all day. I blame you.

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  10. Looks delicious, I must try the cornflour tip. It is a struggle to fry it otherwise.

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  11. Yum! This looks delicious! I love peanut sauce and I love tofu! I will definitely try this!

    invasionista

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