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Chilled Tofu With Spicy, Crunchy Topping

Chilled Tofu With Spicy, Crunchy Topping 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Weeknight Vegetarian Jul 24, 2013

Use the highest-quality, freshest silken tofu you can find for this simple, no-cook preparation, which combines tofu's cool, creamy blandness with a pungent sauce and the crunch of freshly picked raw corn and peanuts.

Shiso, a member of the mint family whose flavor carries hints of mint and licorice, is available at Asian markets, including Hana Japanese Market in Northwest and H Mart locations.

Serve with cold noodles and seaweed salad or other greens for a main course, or by itself as an appetizer.


Servings:
4

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Tested size: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon chili-infused olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger root
  • Sugar
  • 1 1-pound block cold silken tofu (see headnote)
  • Kernels from 1 ear fresh corn (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 shiso leaves, stacked and rolled, then cut crosswise into thin ribbons (may substitute large basil or mint leaves)

Directions

Whisk together the chili and sesame oils, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and sugar in a medium bowl.

Drain the tofu briefly on paper towels, then invert on a platter. Pour the chili oil mixture over the tofu, then top with the corn, peanuts, scallion and shiso.

Serve right away, while the tofu is cold.


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Recipe Source

From Food editor Joe Yonan, author of the upcoming "Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook" (Ten Speed Press, August 2013).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 200


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 12g 18%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 200mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates: 12g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 11g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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