The easiest fried tofu with the tastiest sauce. It's a nice app to share or a main for yourself since you'll probably want to finish this whole thing!
You can also use this sauce for cold silken tofu straight from the package, no cooking required. Search: Hiyayakko Tofu
We now store any firm/extra-firm tofu in the freezer then thaw in the fridge a few hours or the day before cooking. This makes the texture bouncier + increases shelf life so we're not worried about having to use it up right away!
The freezing process changes the structure of the proteins in tofu, giving it a meatier texturE AS WELL AS EXTENDING ITS SHELF LIFE.
Spicy Tofu Bites (Vegan)
*Tip: double/triple the sauce measurements and use the leftover for a stir-fry
1/2 tbs Kusî sisig seasoning
1 lb firm or extra-firm tofu, frozen then thawed or pressed for at least an hour
1 tbs Kusî chili oil
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted *do not skip toasting until light-golden brown!
1 tsp neutral oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
Drain tofu and squeeze out excess moisture, reserving about 1/2 tbs water.
Cut a crosshatch pattern on both faces of the tofu. Season with sisig powder.
Air fry at 400º F for 15 minutes or sear in a non stick pan until golden brown.
In a small dish, mix your sauce: chili oil + toasted sesame seeds + sesame oil + neutral oil + a splash of tofu water.
Turn tofu over and cook another 10 minutes in the air fryer or until golden brown on the stove.
Pour sauce over tofu, garnish with scallions and enjoy!