K’s Kitchen – Tofu lettuce wraps from The Pioneer Woman

Since I grew up eating tofu regularly, seeing Western recipes that substitute tofu for meat are a little strange for me. It is also interesting to see how Western recipes try to flavor tofu to make it taste meaty.  Yes, tofu is a bland food – but good tofu should have the rich taste of soy beans.

Even though I’m being a little stuck up about tofu, I tried a tofu recipe that I’ve shared in my Weekly Reads.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman, shared on Weekly Reads #67 (July 2012).

Yield: Serves 6 (According to the recipe. It made much more than 6 servings for me)
Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: (see notes below)
– 2 Teaspoons peanut or olive oil
– 1 block firm tofu
– 375ml frozen corn kernals
– 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
– 60ml soy sauce
– romaine lettuce hearts

Note:
– I think olive oil does not have a high enough smoke point for this recipe. I used vegetable oil.
– I strongly recommend pressing the tofu before cooking if you want it to taste more meaty. Wrap the tofu in a paper towel, put it on a flat surface, and put something heavy on top of it. (It is hilarious to me that there are “tofu pressers” on the market)
– 60ml soy sauce would make this taste too much like soy sauce, in my opinion. I used 30ml soy sauce (2 tablespoons) and some stock. This also helps to improve the umami flavor. This is also why my dish has a much lighter color than the one on the original website.
– I didn’t have corn, so I substituted shiitake mushrooms. I think corn would give a better texture to the dish


Instructions
1. Heat oil in a skillet. Put in tofu and break it up into small pieces
2. Cook tofu until the liquid has cooked off and the tofu turns golden. (This step also goes by much faster if you press the tofu. Normal tofu gives off liquid as it cooks, making this a very long step)
3. Throw in the corn, add chili powder and soy sauce, and cook until liquid is absorbed (The liquid will not be absorbed unless you either press it or you cook it well in step 2)
4. Pile it onto romaine hearts

To be honest, this recipe was not memorable. I much prefer iridofu which is very similar. This goes to show you that I should eat tofu the traditional way!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

xoxo, K

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4 thoughts on “K’s Kitchen – Tofu lettuce wraps from The Pioneer Woman”

  1. This sounded delicious to me. I love tofu and can eat it cooked in traditional foods or even western style. Have to admit that my favorite way of eating tofu is uncooked.

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