The family loved the flavor; I took the time to make a homemade hoisin sauce instead of store-bought. I did a tofu and a chicken version at the same time. Cooking the sauce down and putting over rice noodles was a hit.
I agree the recipe takes a while, but I thought the skewering took most of the time. Toward that end, we were wondering about stir frying it with smaller tofu cubes and possibly juicing the orange into the marinade instead of having to skewer them as slices.
Lastly, we used fresh small portabellos as the market didn't have shitakes. Delicious.
I would rate this a four, since it was very good--it's just that it was so time consuming that on balance, I wouldn't make it again. If it were a five star meal, it might be worth the time--I just can't figure out any way to elevate it to five stars. Adding some srihachi sauce did help make it taste better.
One thing that may have impacted the flavor is that the broiler had a pretty hard time browning the skewers. By the end they were sitting in a puddle of liquid. This probably caused some steaming. I'd probably try moving the pan a couple inches closer to the elements than they suggest.
I did save the liquid and add it to the sauce and further boil it down to thicken it.
I happened to have everything on hand to make these tonight and my wife loved it as much as I! My favorite part was the scallions, but the entire dish was delish and will earn a place in my personal cookbook. Thank you!
I cooked this last summer for a vegan friend who came over for lunch and everyone really enjoyed it. Very tasty and light.
We love tofu and this is a delicious preparation-- the tofu has lots of flavor and the mushrooms and other tidbits make great contrasts in texture. This would be perfect for those poor vegetarians at a cookout. If you hate tofu, this recipe is very adaptable to other proteins--indeed, I have made this recipe with beef-- not exactly in with the "eat less meat" theme, but absolutely delicious. I love the little orange segments between the other kebab bits-- they get all juicy and are really tasty-- they complement the flavor of the tofu (or beef) quite nicely. A versatile, easy, and satisfying recipe.