Start by putting two medium pots of water on the stove top to boil, one for the barley and one for poaching your eggs a bit later.
English Cucumber (1/2)
When the water boils, add the
Pearl Barley (1 1/2 cups)
to one pot and cook about 10 minutes to al dente, then drain and cover it.
Thinly slice the
Red Onion (1/2)
. Pickle the it by submerging it in the
Apple Cider Vinegar (1 cup)
, half of the
Rice Vinegar (1 1/2 cups)
Granulated Sugar (2 Tbsp)
Extra Firm Tofu (1 pckg)
into six or slabs and arrange on top of three layers of paper towel. Cover with paper towels and press gently to absorb as much of the water as possible. Allow to sit and further dry out while proceeding.
In a medium bowl, combine the
Sriracha (1/4 cup)
, two thirds of the
Sweet Chili Paste (3 Tbsp)
, a third of the
Ground Ginger (3 Tbsp)
Dry Mustard (2 Tbsp)
and some rice vinegar
When the tofu is as dry as possible, coat the slabs in all the marinade, but don't rinse out the bowl. Heat a grill or frying pan on the stove for the tofu on high heat.
In the bowl from the marinade, add the cucumber, half of the
Honey (2 Tbsp)
, another third of the ginger, juice of half of the
and the remaining rice vinegar. Stir and allow to quickly pickle.
Mix the carrot with the remaining ground ginger, the juice of remaining lime, and the remaining sweet chili paste.
Sear each slab of tofu, about 4 minutes on each side saving any remaining marinade in the bowl.
for each serving. Fill a bowl with barley and add a few slabs of tofu, a bit of the cucumber, carrot, and onion, and top with a poached egg.
Break the yolk and mix everything together just before eating.