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Asian Noodle Salad With Sesame Tofu Bites

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Makes: 6 servings adjust
Asian-style pasta salad with crispy fried tofu.

Directions

Ingredients

  • 1 Extra Firm Tofu, 14 ounces (drained)

Step 1

Slice the tofu width-wise into quarters. Slice each quarter into four rectangles, then slice each rectangle diagonally into two triangles. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels and arrange the tofu on top in a single layer. Cover the tofu with another double layer of paper towels and place a baking sheet on top face up, along with a weight, such as a heavy pot. Let the tofu drain for at least 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 14 cup Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Ginger, peeled & minced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 12 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 12 ounces Linguine Pasta
  • 2 Carrots, pealed and sliced into thin, 2-inch sticks
  • 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas, trimmed and strings removed
  • 3 Scallions, chopped
  • 12 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and set it aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then cook the pasta according to the package directions. Rinse the pasta with cold water, drain it, and toss it with the dressing. Add the carrots, snap peas, scallions, and cilantro, & toss once more.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
  • 14 cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil

Step 3

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, and rice vinegar and set the mixture aside. Place the sesame seeds on a small plate. Firmly place both sides of each tofu piece into the seeds. Heat the sesame and canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tofu, frying each side until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Drizzle the soy mixture onto the tofu and continue cooking 1 minute more. To serve, fill each bowl with the noodle mixture, then top it off with a few pieces of tofu.
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