From our friends at Serious Eats
Spicy dressed tofu is a five-minute light meal or appetizer, fragrant with chili oil, vinegar, and Sichuan peppercorn.
Note: Chinkiang vinegar, broad bean paste, and chili oil can all be found readily in Asian grocers.
· YIELD: serves 2 to 4 as an appetizer
· ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
· TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
· 1 stalk celery, cut into thin 2-inch matchsticks
· 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
· 3 whole scallions, sliced into thin slicers at an acute bias
· 1/2 teaspoon toasted sichuan peppercorns
· 1/2 teaspoon toasted whole cumin seed
· 1 tablespoon sesame paste (such as tahini), or peanut butter
· 1 teaspoon soy sauce
· 2 teaspoons Chinkiang vinegar (see note)
· 2 teaspoons fermented chili broad bean paste (see note)
· 2 teaspoons sugar
· 1/4 cup Chinese roasted chili oil (see note)
· 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
· 1 (19-ounce) block soft silken tofu
· 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
1. Combine celery, cilantro, and scallions in a medium bowl and cover with ice cold water. Add 4 to 5 ice cubes and set aside.
2. Combine peppercorns and cumin in a mortar and pestle and roughly grind. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add sesame paste, soy sauce, vinegar, chili bean paste, sugar, chili oil, and garlic. Whisk to combine and set aside.
3. Spoon tofu into a serving bowl and microwave until barely warmed through, about 1 minute. Cover with dressing. Drain celery, cilantro, and scallions carefully and add to bowl. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.