Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oyster Mushrooms, Tofu and Vegetables with Tamarind Sauce

Tamarind sauce sets this vegetarian recipe apart from the rest!  The tangy, zesty tamarind flavor goes well with oyster mushrooms and vegetables.  Tamarind really adds a great flavor to tofu.
     Tamarind Sauce Recipe:  Pull the seeds and any hull pieces out of 2 ounces of tamarind paste.
     Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
     Add a tiny splash of sesame oil.
     Add a small spoonful of minced ginger.
     Add 1 minced garlic clove.
     Saute till the ginger and garlic become fragrant.
     Add the tamarind paste.
     Add 2 cups of water.
     Bring the sauce to a boil.
     Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
     Strain the sauce through a strainer into a clean sauce pot. 
     Set the sauce pot on medium heat. 
     Add a small spoonful of Korean Red Serrano Chili Sauce.
     Add a dash of soy sauce.
     Add a small squeeze of lemon juice.
     Add a small splash of rice vinegar.
     Add a pinch of five spice powder.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Mix a little bit of cornstarch and water together to form a slurry.
     Add just enough of the corn starch and water slurry while stirring to thicken the sauce to a light medium sauce consistency.
     Keep the sauce warm over very low heat.
     Recipe:  Heat a saute pan or wok over medium high heat.
     Add a splash of vegetable oil.
     Add a small splash of sesame oil.
     Add a small handful each of these vegetables:  chopped onion, sliced bok choy, sliced carrot and sliced celery.
     Saute the hard vegetables for about 1 minute.
     Add a small handful of sliced green bell pepper.
     Add a small handful of sliced zucchini
     Add 1 handful of small oyster mushrooms.
     Add a few snow peas.
     Add 1 green onion that is cut into bite size pieces.
     Stir fry the vegetables till they are almost al dente.
     Add the tamarind sauce and toss the sauce with the vegetables.
     Add some firm tofu cubes and gently toss the tofu with the vegetables.
     Spoon the oyster mushrooms, tofu and vegetables with tamarind sauce onto a plate.
     Serve with steamed white rice on the side.
     The tamarind flavor is so different than most stir fry sauces.  Tangy and yummy!  The mild oyster mushrooms have a very light flavor.  This is a healthy and tasty recipe!  ...  Shawna

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