Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Child's favorite food-TOFU!

My son adores tofu. I always find it amusing that so many people say eww when tofu is mentioned. But tofu can be wonderful because it absorbs so many flavors. Today I made one of the boy's favorite dishes- Thai style tofu noodles. All of these ingredients are available in the Asian food section of most large grocery stores. As a cheap mama I try to provide good healthy cheap food. The initial cost of some of these ingredients is a little high but they last a long time. I have a bottle of fish sauce that I have been cooking with for several months and it's only 1/4 gone. My thai curry paste is also over a year old and I have made many many dishes out of it. The actual cost of this dish is only about $5 and will feed 3 people as a main dish or 4-5 as part of a dinner with other sides. Here's the recipe.

1 16 oz package of tofu
2 clusters of bean thread noodles( these usually come in a bag with 3-4 clusters in a bag)
6 shitake mushrooms
1/2 medium onion
1 clove garlic
1/4 can bamboo shoots
3-4 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon thai red curry paste
1 14 oz can coconut milk
vegetable oil for frying

Heat oil in large pan on medium heat. Add water to pot and bring to a boil.

  1. While water is heating, chop tofu and add to oil. Cook approximately 3-5 minutes until tofu starts to turn light brown.
  2. Chop shitake mushrooms and onion and add to pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes until tofu is slightly darker.
  3. Add garlic to pan and cook for 2 more minutes then add bamboo shoots.
  4. Add fish sauce and stir. Add the thai curry paste and stir until it melts into the dish. If you like spicy food you can add another teaspoon of curry paste.
  5. Add coconut milk and stir. Bring mixture to a soft boil and then lower heat to let it simmer.
  6. Add noodles to boiling water and cook according to package directions. When done drain and rinse then add to tofu mixture and combine.

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