Before I get to the nuts and bolts of this recipe I will say the spicy bean sauce was store bought. Sure I could have probably found a way to make it myself, but it was just easier to try it this way since it was the first time I cooked tofu. So here it is:
for the tofu:
1 package firm or extra firm tofu
soy sauce (about 1/2 cup)
sesame oil (about a tablespoon)
sesame seeds (toasted, either toast yourself or buy them that way)
spicy bean sauce (or whatever sauce you like, tiger sauce, rooster sauce, awesome sauce, etc.)
for the veggies:
garlic (about 3 cloves diced)
2 red bell peppers (cut into 1″ pieces)
green onions chopped
broccoli (1 bunch cut into small florets)
1 can baby corn (drained)
1 can water chestnuts (drained)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
To prepare the tofu:
The first thing to do is to try to remove as much of the moisture from the tofu as possible. I did this by wrapping the tofu in a few paper towels and microwaving it a few times. Basically you wrap the tofu in paper towels then microwave for 30 seconds, remove the paper towel, rewrap and do it again. Do this 2-4 times. Then cut into slices about 1/4″-3/8″ thick. Again wrap in paper towels to remove more moisture. Once the tofu feels fairly firm and dryish place on a shallow plate. In a separate container mix together the soy sauce and sesame oil. Pour it over the tofu so that the tofu soaks in the sauce mixture. Heat up a pan to medium, if you need to lightly coat the bottom of the pan with some vegetable oil so that the tofu does not stick. Once heated lay the tofu in pan, coat the top of the tofu with bean sauce. After about 3 minutes or so (till it starts to brown on the bottom) flip the tofu. Again coat the top with sauce and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Remove tofu from the pan and sprinkle on some of the toasted sesame seeds.
To prepare the veggies:
Heat the oil up in another pan. Saute the garlic for a few minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook for another few minutes 3-4. Add the broccoli cook for a few more minutes. Add the corn, water chestnuts, and onions. Splash some soy sauce on for a bit more flavor. Cook until things are cooked all the way through. If you want it a bit spicy add some chili garlic paste or spicy mustard (if that is your thing).
The total prep and cook time was some where around 45 minutes. You can cook both the tofu and veggies simultaneously.