Red-Cooked Tofu with Mushrooms
“Red-cooking” is a traditional Chinese braising technique, using soy sauce, that turns the food a gorgeous reddish brown color. A quick version of the technique is used here to transform mushrooms and tofu into a rich, earthy, saucy dish. Serve over steamed brown rice or as a soup. To make this stir-fry vegetarian, see Vegetarian Variation below.
Notes: Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine available in most Asian specialty markets and the Asian sections of some larger supermarkets.
Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don't use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets--it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, get dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines at your wine or liquor store.
To make this stir-fry vegetarian, use “no-chicken” broth, mushroom broth or vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and vegetarian “oyster” sauce instead of regular oyster sauce. Vegetarian “oyster” sauce is made from mushroom extract and is great for adding depth of flavor to vegetarian stir-fries. Vegetarian “stir-fry sauce,” also made from mushrooms, can be used as a substitute as well.
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.
2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat