General Tso’s Tofu Stir Fry
Adapted from Minimalist Baker: http://minimalistbaker.com/general-tsos-tofu/
I had a conversation today with some friends about first dates. Actually, someone we know was going on one. It got me thinking that if I were to go on one now, I wouldn’t know what to do. Not that I plan on going on a first date any time soon. But if I were, I think I would be that awkward person that says in her head, “Don’t say that” and then actually does.
My last first date was 26 years ago. Ugh, that makes me sound like I’m 79. And just like I would be now, I was pretty awkward back then.
My date took me to this luxurious Italian restaurant in Boston’s North End called Dolce Vita. Up until then the fanciest place a date took me was Uno’s. But at Dolce Vita there wasn’t a deep dish pizza in sight and that was OK. I remember looking through the menu and thinking about all the least accident-prone dishes and not to order them. Like broccoli or spinach, because that could be a dental disaster. Long strands of pasta were also out because with my luck an accidental slurp would happen. That left the tortellini, which were tiny and delicate and manageable to eat.
Conversation-wise I think I talked too much. “Like” and “um” were probably used about 50 times in a sentence. And I definitely went off-topic multiple times. I was so nervous and I’m the type of person that hates awkward silences. So to avoid them I talk on an on and don’t let the person I’m with get a word in edgewise.
How I was ever asked on a second date I don’t know.
But I’m glad he asked me. We’ve been on countless dates since and are still dating. I think I’ve graduated from my dating awkwardness now, though. Right?
So speaking of going off topic. I was supposed to start this post about this delicious tofu. I know, tofu. Really? But that’s the way I felt about cauliflower fried rice and look at me now (http://www.thetastypage.com/cauliflower-fried-rice/) . Being Asian tofu was never thought of as anything weird. I don’t think I’ve met a tofu dish I didn’t like. Scratch that. Make that an Asian tofu dish I didn’t like. I don’t know how I feel about tofu hot dogs or tofu turkey.
Tofu doesn’t have any flavor on its own but the seasonings and sauce in this dish are amazing! There is so much flavor here that you’ll find yourself saying, “Whoa!” on the first bite.
If you’re not a big fan of tofu, but want to try it out, this is a good way to give it a chance. And it’s bite-sized. Perfect for a first date!
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins