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Lemongrass Tofu and Choy soup

Loreto March 13, 2017

Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup, a delicious quick packed with flavor lunch, hosting vibrant and fresh textures with a bit of spice.

Lemongrass Tofu

Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup, hosting wonderful textures from the crispy billowy tofu to the soft beautifully stewed vegetables, giving you an easy breezy lunch time experience.

 

 

Lemongrass is a unique spice. It grows in long stem like appearance and demands a bit of diverse attention when preparing to use. You can take the stalk of lemongrass and with the backside of a heavy knife, pound the lemongrass to release its strand-like texture. Then chop it very fine, or better yet grate it and freeze it. To tell you the truth I go to T&T and buy it there. It is in the freezer section and comes either in a container or in a bag. I did use it in its more natural form, but I like the grated one better, it is functional and always on hand. It comes in very handy when making certain Asian dishes and soups. I love the fragrance of lemongrass, it is bright, fresh and for me a scent that makes me smile and feel happy. There have been studies done to see the benefits of lemongrass, but have been inconclusive, but I go by my personal experience, and I love they way it flavors dishes, makes me feel, and the smell of it a true awakening, I am sold on this mysterious stalk of goodness.

I tried this particular dish at a local vegan restaurant called Padmanadi, and I was hooked from day one. So Kasim and the staff at Padmanadi’s, thank you for the inspiration, and your always wonderful food and hospitality.

In this dish, I used tofu that I deep fry to a wonderful crispness, but before that, I toss the tofu in some tapioca starch. This helps seal the tofu and create a nice crisp coating and a billowy airy softness inside that is tantalizing at every bite. After it has been fried it goes into a hot wok for a quick toss encountering the wonder spice grated lemon grass, garlic shoots, ginger, chopped red pepper, and sesame oil. This combination is a bit of heaven bursting with flavor and I salted these morsels with some citrus and ginger infused sea salt.

Lemongrass Tofu

The key to successful Asian food is to have your prep all done before you start cooking. This ensures that your undivided attention occurs when preparing these types of dishes.

Lemongrass Tofu

This dish is visually stunning and captivating. The golden morsels beautifully fried. The red peppers, a pop of color. The translucency of the onions offering a bit of backdrop, wonderfully elevating the green of the garlic scapes. The lemon grass giving us some dimension with its frizzy texture. Combine this with the smell that is coming up out of this dish and I can’t wait to munch on these.

Lemongrass Tofu

I served some freshly made Choy Soup, with the Lemongrass Tofu. I love Asian style of eating. Several plates on the table, nibbling, sampling, conversing, to me a beautiful thing. The soup is so quick to prepare. The usual mirepoix, carrots, onions, celery, combined with sauteed baby bok choy, and gai lan choy, all simmered to perfection in a nice vegetable broth. This soup is a beautiful and delightful accompaniment to the tofu.

Lemongrass Tofu  Lemongrass Tofu

The flavor and texture of this dish are just purely amazing. You grab one morsel of the tofu and notice right away that there is this crispy coating judging by the sounds resonating from the chopsticks. Your first bite confirms this as your teeth sink through and that crispness echoes on your palate. The lemongrass coming through right away with its fresh zingy citrus punch, and the garlic scapes following with its very subtle profile. The onions and red pepper offer just enough diversity to give you a plethora of texture and taste, and you find yourself diving those chopsticks in time and again to get another, and another, yet another………….. one of this flavorful and textural Lemongrass Tofu.

Lemongrass Tofu

The soup heart warming. The broth subtle and deeply hued, with a fresh vegetable flavor. The onions melting in your mouth and offering sweetness to the pot. The baby bok choy and gai lan choy tender, and juicy at every bite, giving you that flavor of greens that I so deeply enjoy.

So if your are craving Asian-inspired cuisine, and want something packed with flavor and texture, give our Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup a try, it’s easy, it’s fun, and one that will add smiles to your day and warmth to your heart.

Enjoy!

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Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup

Ingredients

    Lemongrass tofu:
  • 2 cups extra firm tofu cubed (2cm cubes)
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 red onion choped fine
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp of chopped garlic shoots
  • 2 tsp grated lemongrass
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange ginger sea salt
  • 700 ml saflower oil for frying
  • Choy Soup:
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 red onion chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 stalk celery choped
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 cup baby bok choy choped
  • 1 cup gai lan choy choped
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon grass
  • pinch chinese five spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    Lemongrass tofu:
  1. Take cubed tofu and toss gently with tapioca starch, that is seasoned with salt and pepper and a pinch of lemoingrass
  2. Shake off excess tapioca starch and set aside.
  3. Heat up safflower oil in a wok to around 360 F and drop i8n gently the tofu making sure to move them around to prevent them from sticking to each other and the pan.
  4. Fry till nice and golden brown about 3 minutes, and place on a plate with paper towel and let excess oil drian.
  5. In a hot wok drizzle sesame oil and toss in red onion, red pepper, garlic shoots, and ginger. stir fry for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add in lemon grass and tofu and stir fry for an additional 1-2 minutes, season with orange ginger sea salt.
  7. Plate and serve.
  8. Choy soup:
  9. In a sauce pan heat up sesame oil and safflower oil.
  10. Toss in onions, celery, and carrots and saiutee till onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  11. Drop in baby bok choy and gai lan choy and saute for another 2 minutes
  12. Season with salt, pepper, chinese five spice, and lemongrass and ginger.
  13. Pour in vegetable stock.
  14. Add soy sauce and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  15. Plate and serve.
  16. Enjoy!

Lemongrass Tofu

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7 Comments

  • Reply Dawn - Girl Heart Food March 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I often don’t think of picking up lemon grass when I’m at the grocery, but I do enjoy it and I love food like this…bits of this, bits of that….get to try a bunch of things. This definitely something I love about this style of eating too. This soup sounds so warming and SO many flavours going on! Whoa! And that pinch of five spice? Right up my alley. That stuff is super flavourful, isn’t it? One thing, though, I do have to learn how to use chop sticks. I am awful with those things, lol 😀 I guess I better practice, i.e. eat lots of this dish in order to get better 😉 Have a wonderful week!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Lol Dawn.That works for us, its all for the foodie cause Yes this style of eating promotes group gatherings and conversation, which is so important when eating. Good luck with the chop sticks and read the post I give some suggestions on using lemon grass and grated I have found really works in breaking down the fibrous composition of this mysteriously joyful spice.
      Happy Chopsticking!
      Loreto

  • Reply Beyond the Chicken Coop March 14, 2017 at 6:29 am

    This looks so full of flavor and healthy too! I’ve never used lemon grass before! I will need to look for it the next time I’m at the store!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Kathy, your best bet is an Asian market. Usually found in the freezer section if you want the already grated. If not the raw lemongrass can be found in the produce section. It is long and slender. You have to beat it with the back of a knife at a perpendicular angle. I find grating it works best. You will love the aroma that comes forth. Thanks for the comment, and have a good rest of the week.
      Happy Cooking!
      Loreto

  • Reply Balvinder March 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Mmmm that sounds awesome!.. and I love when you talk about nice crisp coating and a billowy airy softness of tofu. Such a lovely flavor with lemongrass 🙂
    I just learnt from your last comment that you and Nicoletta live in Edmonton. We are practically neighbors.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Balvinder, thank you for your comment. It is a small world after all. Where are you located, one day we will have to get a few of us together. On the lemongrass tofu, it is such a delicious dish and so much like eating chips one just is not enough, lol.
      Have a great day Balvionder!
      Cheers!
      Loret

  • Reply Balvinder March 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I am in Richmond, British Columbia. Yes, why not? last month I met a foodie from Quebec who I met on G+. It was an amazing experience.

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