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Asian Orange Tofu (Vegan Orange Chicken - Panda Express)

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Orange tofu - the vegan equivalent of the Panda Express Orange Chicken! An absolute top tofu recipe!

If you like to travel a lot, you have probably already made the acquaintance of Panda Express. One of the best and most popular American-Chinese fast food chains!

The orange chicken recipe is very famous! Today I'll show you the vegan copycat version: Orange tofu!

Asian orange sauce

Crispy fried tofu in a wonderful orange sauce! The sauce is sweet, slightly sour, thick and comes with a wonderful fruity orange aroma!

It is very easy to prepare, but the taste is huge! The main ingredients for the sauce are: fresh orange juice, grated zest of the orange, sugar, and vinegar!

Homemade, it does not contain any glutamate or flavor enhancers, which unfortunately is often not the case in purchased Asian sauces.

The tofu marinated with orange sauce is best served with rice! If you like, you can serve it with sesame seeds and spring onions (thinly sliced). A perfect, quick, protein-packed dinner for the whole family.

Orange tofu recipe - that's how it works

So that it is a success the first time, I have created a visual guide with step-by-step pictures for you. The exact quantities and everything else you need to know for the recipe can be found in the recipe card below.

This is what tofu tastes like

In order for tofu to taste delicious, it must of course be properly prepared and marinated. Natural tofu in particular needs a little love!

And this is how he always succeeds:

  • Roll the tofu in a few layers of kitchen paper (or a clean tea towel) and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid. → This is even easier with a tofu press!
  • Cut the tofu into cubes, place in a Tupperware with the cornstarch and shake well. → Makes it crispy
  • Heat a frying pan with oil and fry the tofu in it for 5-10 minutes until crispy. Put aside.

These 3 steps are vital for tofu to be crispy and tasty. You can use this “basic recipe” for any recipe. If you've never made tofu this way, you'll love it.

  • rice Cook according to the instructions on the packet. → I ONLY cook Asian rice in a rice cooker - it just gets the best this way!
  • Orange sauce: Heat a small saucepan with oil and sauté the garlic and ginger for a minute. Add sugar, orange juice, white wine vinegar and soy sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. → Do you like the sauce a bit more sour? Use 4 instead of 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.
  • Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and stir into the sauce. Simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Do you like it spicy? Season the sauce with a little Sriracha or Sambal Oelek.
  • Stir tofu into the sauce.
  • Serve with the rice! → Can be served with a little sesame seeds and thinly sliced ​​spring onions.

Frequently asked questions & tips

How long can I keep leftovers? You can store them in a Weck jar or Tupperware in the refrigerator for at least 3 days.

Low FODMAP: This recipe is suitable for a low FODMAP diet, as long as you omit the garlic in the recipe!

If a Gluten intolerance use gluten-free soy sauce!

Vegetables? If you are missing the vegetables in the recipe, you can fry the chopped vegetables in a little oil and fold them into the sauce with the tofu. For example: peppers, zucchini, carrots, bean sprouts.

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Orange tofu

Aline Cueni
Orange Tofu - the vegan equivalent of the Panda Express Orange Chicken! An absolute top tofu recipe!

ingredients

  • 130 g basmati rice or jasmine rice (up to 200g for a larger portion)
  • 200 g tofu
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp oil

Orange sauce

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 clove of garlic grated or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated or chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp (30g) white sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30g) brown sugar
  • 1 orange juice and grated zest
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar or Condimento Bianco
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water

preparation

  • rice Cook according to the instructions on the packet.→ I ONLY cook Asian rice in a rice cooker - it just gets the best that way!
  • tofu roll in a few layers of kitchen paper (or in a clean tea towel) and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid.→ This is even easier with a tofu press!
  • Cut the tofu into cubes, place in a Tupperware with the cornstarch and shake well. Heat a frying pan with oil and fry the tofu in it for 5-10 minutes until crispy. Put aside.
  • Orange sauce: Heat a small saucepan with oil and sauté the garlic and ginger for a minute. Add sugar, orange juice, white wine vinegar and soy sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and stir into the sauce. Simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. → Do you like it spicy? Season the sauce with a little Sriracha or Sambal Oelek.
  • Stir tofu into the sauce and serve with the rice! → Can be served with a little sesame seeds and thinly sliced ​​spring onions.

notes

Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 days.Do you like the sauce a little more sour? Use 4 instead of 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.Low FODMAP: This recipe is suitable for a low FODMAP diet as long as you omit the garlic in the recipe!Vegetables? If you are missing the vegetables in the recipe, you can fry the finely chopped vegetables in a little oil and fold them into the sauce with the tofu. For example: peppers, zucchini, carrots, bean sprouts.

Nutritional values

energy 597 Energy of Fat 171
of which saturated fatty acids 2g13%
of which fiber 3g13%
* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.