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General Tao's Tofu

What you need: 

1 (12 ounce) box firm tofu, in 1" cubes (frozen and thawed, if desired)
1 egg equivalent (e.g., EnerG Egg Replacer), prepared
3 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons water, divided
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided
vegetable oil for frying + 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2/3 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon sherry, optional
red pepper, to taste
steamed broccoli, to serve

What you do: 

1. Mix the egg replacer as specified on the box and add an additional 3 tablespoons water. Dip tofu in egg replacer mixture and coat completely. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cornstarch over tofu and coat completely. Watch out that the cornstarch doesn't clump up at the bottom of the bowl.
2. Heat oil in pan and fry tofu pieces until golden. Drain oil. Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in pan on medium heat. Add green onions, ginger, and garlic; cook for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn garlic.
3. Add vegetable stock, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, sherry, and red pepper.
4. Mix 2 tablespoons water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and pour into mixture stirring well. Add fried tofu and coat evenly.
Serve immediately with steamed broccoli over your choice of rice.

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Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was very tasty!  My husband and I both loved it but next time I'll double the sauce recipe.  Deee-licious!  :)

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This was ABSOLUTELY THE BEST recipe I've found on this website so far!  I've never had the real thing, but DANG!

Next time, I'm doubling the sauce, and adding all the veggies I can get my hands on!

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mmmmmm this recipe is really really really good.  the sauce is what makes it so amazing.    the first time i made it i used my deep fryer, and that was a bad idea because apparantly tofu will explode and spray hot oil all over the place when deep fried.  a pan is a much better idea. 
so delicious.
it's delectable, really.

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This dish takes a while (we tend to make it on weekends), but it is an absolute godsend.  Definitely make extra sauce, cause that's the best part!

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a word of warning: the stated 30 minutes of prep time was way off for me.  it took me at least 40 minutes to prepare the fried tofu part, but then the sauce didn't take very long once the veggies were chopped.  if you serve with broccoli and rice like I did, I'd budget 1-1.5 hours, unless you're very experienced and quick.

this was very tasty.  chopped peanuts were a good addition.  I added too much cornstarch to the sauce, which gave it a slightly powdery aftertaste, and STILL everyone gobbled it down.  my friend was even making sandwiches with it.  5 stars.

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Great one, every time.
Last time around we baked the tofu (coated) for 40 min, to avoid extra oil..
Turned out rather good.

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we used morningstar chik'n strips instead of tofu... and it turns out great every time! AWESOME recipe!

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So, uh.. This is basically the best recipe in the world.

I added broccoli and red and yellow bell pepper, doubled the sauce, and served it over basmatti rice.

Thank you so much!

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