Red-cooking is a traditional Chinese braising technique that uses soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine to flavor the food and give it a dark red color. If you’re not a big tofu fan, this easy, aromatic stew might change your mind.
In a large saucepan, combine the scallion whites, carrots, broth, soy sauce, Shaoxing, ginger, sugar, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring once or twice. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the tofu, cover, and continue to simmer gently until the tofu is heated through and has absorbed some of the other flavors, 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and arrowroot until smooth and then stir the mixture into the stew, taking care not to break up the tofu. Stir gently until thickened, about 1 minute. Add more soy sauce to taste, sprinkle with the scallion greens, and serve.
The stew is delicious served over cooked rice or mustard greens.
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This is the best tofu recipe I have ever made. It's simple, has delicious flavor and no added fat. Also, I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand. I often mince and freeze ginger and fresh ginger is a must in this recipe. Doesn't get any better.
I'm only lukewarm about tofu, but I like the sauce so much that I've made this several times. My daughter will also eat this, though she generally avoids tofu. I double the sauce ingredients and add some broccoli too.
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