Vegan Tofu Recipe! Satay sauce with Tofu and Noodles

It has taken me a while to like tofu. The texture used to freak me out a little bit, but in order to become vegan I felt like I needed to like it as it is a great source of protein.

Basically, tofu taste of whatever you put on it. It is a carrier for flavor. I went to a Japanese restaurant for my graduation the other week and ordered tofu with a spicy, satay sauce and I loved it. I decided to try and re-create the dish and it tasted pretty good. I made my own recipe, I had no idea how to make a satay sauce so I guessed, but it tasted just like my restaurant dish. I made some noodles with chili and vegetables to go with it.

You will need:
* 2 slices of tofu (not too thickly cut)
*40 g peanut butter (smooth is better but I used crunchy)
*1 tbsp of vegan curry paste
*1 chili (chopped small)
*1 glove of garlic (chopped)
*1/2 tin of light coconut milk
*1 tbsp soy sauce
*1 tsp of chili powder
*30 g of noodles (vegan, no egg noodles)
*30 g of stir fry vegetables of your choice (I used M&S pea shoot stir fry)
*1 tbsp of chili sauce

The noodles and stir fry vegetables is pretty self explanatory. I boiled a pan of water and cooked the noodles, added my stir fry vegetables and chili and cooked for a few minutes.

To cook the tofu, I put a small amount of oil in a pan and gently fried the tofu with salt, pepper and soy sauce until it went golden brown and then placed it into the oven (at gas mark 4) to keep warm.

In the same pan I added the peanut butter, curry paste,chili,garlic,soy sauce, chili powder and coconut milk to make the satay sauce. I also added a bit of water to this mix. Just cook the mix out for a few minutes.

When plating my meal up I put my noodles on, then my tofu and before placing my sauce over my tofu, I placed some spinach on top and then the sauce over. The heat from the sauce will cook the spinach, so there is no need to cook it before.

At the Japanese restaurant, I also had vegan sushi. I really want to make that too and I have found the right ingredients online and I’m hoping to make a big batch for my birthday party in order to try and change all my families mind on vegan/vegetarianism.

I have allowed 3 meat dishes for my birthday, for others as I do not want people annoyed at all the vegetarian food BUT, all the other food will be vegetarian/vegan. I’m excited to see how the food goes down with everyone. I would just like everyone to try something new and be surprised at how good it taste! I will post all the food (minus the meat….vom) from my birthday on here after my party!