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Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Nuoc Cham

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While the crispy sesame-and-panko coated cubes of tofu are quite good on their own, this dish is all about the sauce. Douse each bite in nuoc cham, the spicy, sweet, sour condiment ubiquitous at nearly every Vietnamese meal!
Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Nuoc Cham Recipe | SideChef
While the crispy sesame-and-panko coated cubes of tofu are quite good on their own, this dish is all about the sauce. Douse each bite in nuoc cham, the spicy, sweet, sour condiment ubiquitous at nearly every Vietnamese meal!
Alexandra's Kitchen
Alexandra Stafford is the blogger behind Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog featuring mostly simple, sometimes fussy but always seasonal recipes.
http://www.alexandracooks.com/
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Alexandra's Kitchen
Alexandra Stafford is the blogger behind Alexandra's Kitchen, a food blog featuring mostly simple, sometimes fussy but always seasonal recipes.
http://www.alexandracooks.com/
40min
Total Time
$3.89
Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

US / METRIC
Servings:
2
Serves 2

Tofu

1 lb
Extra Firm Tofu
1
1/4 tsp
3 Tbsp
Panko Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp
White Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp
Black Sesame Seeds
to taste
Canola Oil
for frying
to taste
Scallions , sliced
for garnish
to taste
(optional)

Nuoc Cham

1/3 cup
1/3 cup
Freshly Squeezed  Lime Juice
2 cloves
Garlic , minced
2
Thai Chili Peppers , halved, thinly sliced, deseeded
or 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
447
FAT
17.7 g
PROTEIN
27.3 g
CARBS
41.6 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Place block of tofu in a colander. Place the package on top of it and weigh it down with a can of tomatoes or some other relatively heavy canned good. Drain the Extra Firm Tofu (1 lb) for as much time as possible, 20 minutes to an 1 hour.
Step 2
Meanwhile make the nuoc cham: In a medium bowl, whisk together the Granulated Sugar (1/4 cup) , Fish Sauce (1/3 cup) , and Lime Juice (1/3 cup) until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Step 3
Add the Garlic (2 cloves) and Thai Chili Peppers (2) . Let stand for 30 minutes while you prepare the tofu. Taste and adjust flavors if necessary. Store in the refrigerator for at least a week.
Step 4
In a small shallow vessel with sides, beat the Egg (1) with 1 tsp Water. In another small shallow vessel with sides, stir together the Kosher Salt (1/4 tsp) , Panko Breadcrumbs (3 Tbsp) , White Sesame Seeds (2 Tbsp) , and Black Sesame Seeds (1 Tbsp) .
Step 5
Carefully cut the drained tofu into three slices. Working with one piece at a time, submerge the tofu into the egg, then coat it in the sesame-panko mix, then place it on a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining two slices.
Step 6
Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add Canola Oil (to taste) . Carefully lay each piece of tofu into the frying pan. Turn the heat down to medium if the slices appear to be browning too quickly. Crisp tofu slices for about 3-4 minutes a side, then transfer to a serving platter.
Step 7
Cut each slice in half and then arrange them on a platter. Garnish with Scallions (to taste) . Serve with nuoc cham and Sriracha (to taste) if you wish.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
447
% Daily Value*
Fat
17.7 g
23%
Saturated Fat
1.5 g
8%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
91.1 mg
30%
Carbohydrates
41.6 g
15%
Fiber
4.3 g
15%
Sugars
26.1 g
--
Protein
27.3 g
55%
Sodium
3400.0 mg
148%
Vitamin D
0.5 µg
2%
Calcium
535.0 mg
41%
Iron
5.8 mg
32%
Potassium
157.7 mg
3%
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