(Almost Vegan) Budget Crispy Tofu with Spicy Oyster Sauce

I’m really amazed with myself these past few of months. I used to hate tofu and vegetables in general, but now here I’ am sharing a tofu dish I made earlier for lunch and it’s REALLY good, I promise! It’s a recipe worth trying.

I was going to eat alone for lunch today and my dad gave me 100 pesos or $2.00 to buy something to eat. I try to avoid purchasing take-outs as much as possible because I’m trying to eat healthier so I chose to cook my food. Since we don’t have much food stocked at our home, I had to buy ingredients while within budget.

I didn’t have a lot of money at my disposal so I had to grab a few extra coins I have on my reliable not-so-piggy bank. Eh, I feel like a kid saying that. #UnemployedProblems XD

What I bought for $3.00

I didn’t really had anything planned, I just went to the supermarket and tried to find the cheapest items I can find. With the ingredients I’ve gathered, I planned on making Crispy Tofu and stir frying it with some Oyster Sauce. And I was supposed to add blanched string beans and bean sprouts but I didn’t anticipate the yield of the main course. I ended up making a dish good for 3 people.

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Oyster Sauce

Ingredients:

Tofu:

  • Firm Tofu
  • Cornstarch
  • Oil, for frying

Sauce:

  • 1 small packet of Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • green onion, chopped
  • red chili peppers, chopped (optional)
  • salt to taste

 

Pat dry your tofu with paper towels. Cut the tofu and generously coat it in cornstarch, let it rest. Heat up some oil and fry the tofu, set aside. Try to use less oil as possible or use paper towels to absorb the excess oil. I did both πŸ™‚

For the sauce, stir fry the onion then add the rest of the sauce ingredients, that simple. Just omit the red peppers if you don’t want it to be spicy. Let it simmer until thickened. Now, add the tofu and let it drench in your delicious sauce. Serve in a nice plate and garnish. I garnished mine with chopped green onions and chili peppers.

 

These were so good and I can’t wait to make it again. These are best served just after stir frying the tofu in the sauce to retain that crispiness. I ate the half of the tofu after a few hours so mine eventually got soggy from the sauce.

Hope you can make it because it’s really easy to make and taste’s amazing! And yes, this recipe can be vegan. Just use vegetarian Oyster and Worcestershire sauce.

 

Alright, that’s all. Cheers! (I’m going to sleep) πŸ˜›

 

Special thanks to Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen for inspiring me to make this dish. Go check out her YouTube channel HERE.

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