Wednesday, June 6, 2012

celebrate | vegetable and tofu in chili ginger sauce

"This looks amazing" says my husband as he sees the plate of  arranged vegetables in a block of tofu.


"Do I hear sarcasm?" I retort back.

"No for real, it is a compliment" says he.

I look at him in disbelief.  Earlier while I was plating the veggies, I'd imagine him say something like: "have you gone nuts?" coupled with his usual rolling of the eyes.

"Someone is inspired" he says again.


Inspired? Well maybe yes and I giggle. I couldn't wait for us to sit down to tell him how I got an email from Yahoo! You see I am now a regular contributor for Yahoo! Voice.  This is an opportunity I welcome... and I celebrate as a food blogger.  I feel my heart is applauding the moment. (I'm sure my foodblogger friends know what I mean).

I take the celebration and inspiration to heart, and look how this simple side dish turn out to be the piece de resistance of our dinner.

"But wait a minute", he says.  "How come the tofu does not taste like anything?"

"Well the secret is in the sauce."  I reply.

"Hmm I love the crunch of the veggies and that sauce, wow you have your stamp on it.  But make sure to tell your readers that the secret is in the sauce ok?"

I smile back... so let me share with you Vegetables and Tofu with Chili Ginger Sauce and remember the "secret is in the sauce!"


Vegetable and Tofu in Chili Ginger Sauce

1 bag of mixed vegetables
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp of water or soup stock
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce (add more if you want it spicy)
1 clove garlic, minced
green onions, sliced

Pour a cup of water in a stock pot.  Add a teaspoon of baking powder.  Let it boil.  Drop the veggies and remove it 1-2 minutes after boiling.  Drain the excess water.

For the sauce:  Mix soy sauce, soup stock, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, chili garlic sauce, minced garlic and green onions in a bowl.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Adjust to taste.  Serve veggies with the sauce on the side.  But remember to tell your family and friends that the "secret is in the sauce" haha!  I like this dish spicy.  Enjoy!








21 comments:

  1. Big congrats! Well deserved. And nice recipe - the sauce sounds terrific (I love chili + ginger). Really nice pictures - good job.

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  2. Congratulations Malou! I am so happy to see that you are getting all these breaks. I can't wait for your cookbook. I'm sure it's going to be a big hit. You are truly an inspiration. Just like this plate you made for your husband, is utterly beautiful.
    Mayette Dizon

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    1. Hi Mayette,
      thanks for the kind words...I love doing what I do because of people like you. Thank you for the support.

      Malou

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  3. I am with your husband...very beautiful, and that sauce is divine! Congratulations on your becoming a contributor with Yahoo, how exciting!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week, hugs

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    1. Hello Alisha, so great to see you here. STM miss you! I hope you are enjoying the week as well.

      Hugs,
      Malou

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  4. This is stunning - never did vegetables look so beautiful (and I have love secrets in the sauce). Congrats on being a Yahoo Contributor! Whoo hoo!

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    1. Thank you Claudia, you make me smile!

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  5. Congratulations! Yahoo has chosen a good one!

    This is a gorgeous plate. :)

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  6. This looks great! Tofu is so great in this pure natural form. What is the ratio for your chili ginger sauce? Congrats on Yahoo! What an honor. :)

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    1. I added 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger and 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce but you may add more of the chili garlic sauce if you want it SPICY! haha.
      thanks for asking!
      malou

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  7. No sarcasm here, it looks amazing. I shy away from soy sauce cuz of the salt, but maybe a lower sodium one (ha) used sparingly.

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    1. ok i believe you that there is no sarcasm intended haha.
      get the low sodium soy, the one with green cap,it should be ok. also the reason i added water is to dilute the soy which means, lower sodium.
      I hope you could try it...thanks!
      malou

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  8. Wow, I love all the colors!
    Congratulations on Yahoo!

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    1. Hi Cathleen,
      Thank you... great to see you!
      malou

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  9. I love the look of those vegetables - so crisp and crunchy and so many colours. Congrats on your writing gig with Yahoo! That is very exciting. And I love the ingredients list in your sauce - that would be full of flavour and I can imagine how great the tofu and vegetables taste with that sauce xx

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  10. Congrats! And the secret is definitely in the sauce! Sounds like a lovely combination of ingredients!

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  11. I totally agree with your hubby. Gorgeous, and elegant, yet healthy, and divine! I would be sitting here all morning long pinning all your creative foods on Pinterest if the sun did not come out momentarily...rain again by this afternoon, so I must check out the beautiful beach!
    xo

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  12. I agree that's a really nice presentation

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  13. I agree with your husband that a totally cool and amazing presentation

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