In this healthy Chinese tofu stir-fry recipe, the bok choy is cooked first, then removed from the pan so its juices don't dilute the sauce. Pressing tofu helps extract liquid so it cooks up with a bit of a bite. Look for plum sauce--a sweet-and-sour condiment--near other Chinese sauces in most supermarkets. Serve with steamed brown rice.

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  • Fold a clean kitchen towel in half and place it on a cutting board. Set the tofu on the towel. Put another folded towel and a weight (such as a heavy skillet) on the tofu; let drain for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk plum sauce, ketchup, soy sauce and rice wine in a small bowl and place near the stove.

  • Cut the pressed tofu into 3/4-inch cubes and place near the stove.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallion, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add bok choy and cook, turning, until bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, cover and steam until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer everything to a plate. Wipe the pan dry.

  • Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and heat until shimmering. Add the tofu in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, until starting to brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until brown on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes more. Add the reserved sauce and cook, stirring gently, until the tofu is well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with the bok choy, sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine available in most Asian specialty markets and the Asian sections of some larger supermarkets

For the best flavor, toast nuts and seeds before using in a recipe. To toast small nuts, chopped nuts & seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; total fat 10.9g 17% DV; saturated fat 1.4g; cholesterolmg; sodium 556mg 22% DV; potassium 908mg 25% DV; carbohydrates 18.2g 6% DV; fiber 3.1g 12% DV; sugar 5g; protein 11.8g 24% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 7378IU; vitamin c 47mg; folate 96mcg; calcium 378mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 67mg; thiaminmg; added sugar 9g.

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Very satisfying! We really enjoyed this dish which I made exactly as per recipe. Will definitely prepare again. Cons: none Read More