Deep-Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce

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Title: Deep-Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce
Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: Appetizers, Thai, Snacks, Tofu, Vegetarian


1 lb Tofu, pressed
2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Cilantro root, chopped
3 Dried red chilies, soaked &
-- chopped, seeded
1/2 ts Salt
3/4 c Rice vinegar
1/4 c Sugar
1/2 c Peanuts, finely chopped
2 c Peanut -=OR=- vegetable oil

2 ts Cilantro leaves, chopped
2 ts Red pepper flakes

Cut the tofu into cubes 1" X 1" X 1 1/2". Set aside.

Make a paste of the garlic, cilantro root, chili peppers & salt. Add
the vinegar & mix.

Dissolve the sugar in 1/4 c hot water & add it to the paste along
with the peanuts. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves & red pepper flakes.

Put the oil in a wok & heat until hot. Deep-fry the tofu for 5
minutes until it becomes light brown. Drain on paper towels.

Place tofu on a serving plate with the peanut sauce next to it. Use
the sauce as a dip. Serve either hot or at room temperature.

NOTE: Apparently you can buy tofu already deep-fried. If using this
product, then only deep-fry it again for 1 minute.

Puangkram C. Schmitz & Michael J. Worman, "Practical Thai Cooking"