青椒豆腐干 Green Pepper and Tofu Stir Fry
Pinyin: qīn jiāo dòu fǔ gān
Dried tofu is pretty amazing in it’s resemblance to meat. The drying process gives the tofu a tougher even chewy texture, very similar to rubber. Rubbery food isn’t always desired, but in the case of tofu it’s a nice change. Dried tofu is still fresh, the drying is accomplished by squeezing the water out over several hours.
This dish exceeded my expectations immensely. I’m not a fan of green peppers, causing me to assume the worst. The dried tofu isn’t very good at soaking up outside flavors which meant that the tofu was only mildly flavored by the peppers. The flavor of the tofu and the spiciness from the red peppers provided the most punch with only the subdued hint of the bell pepper seeping through. It’s a healthy choice and a nice use of tofu, but more than that it’s vegetarian as well.