Recipe by S Smith
A great healthy recipe from the NY Times. (You can prepare the ingredients and blanch the broccoli hours ahead of cooking the dish. The stir-frying is a last-minute operation.)
Top Review by Lucky in Bayview
Loved the flavors and the end result of this recipe. The directions weren't very clear. It mentions cooking the broccoli twice, but doesn't mention broccoli in the list of ingredients. I cooked the tofu and then cut it in strips making it easier to mix with the other ingredients. Thanks for posting the recipe.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil or 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps quartered
- 2 plump garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, sliced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 lb firm tofu, sliced and drained on paper towels
- 1 cup chicken stock or 1 cup vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (more to taste)
- 1⁄2 lb buckwheat noodles, udon noodles (soba) or 1⁄2 lb dried rice sticks (soak rice sticks in hot water for 20 minutes)
- 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and blanch for 1 minute. Remove to the ice water. Allow to cool, then drain and dry on paper towels. Cover the pot of water and keep hot.
- Heat a wide, heavy skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. When it is rippling hot, add the mushrooms and sear for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. Turn the heat to medium, add the garlic, ginger, scallions, and red pepper flakes and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant. Remove from the heat and transfer the contents of the pan to a bowl.
- Return the pan to medium-high heat and heat the remaining tablespoon of oil until rippling. Add the tofu and sear on both sides until it begins to color, about 1 minute per side. Add 1 teaspoon soy sauce and stir together. Return the mushroom mixture and the broccoli to the pan. Add the stock and soy sauce, bring to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Simmer uncovered for a minute or two, until the broccoli is crisp-tender, then turn off the heat.
- Meanwhile, bring the pot of water back to a boil and add the pasta. Cook soba or udon noodles until al dente, about 5 minutes. Cook softened rice noodles for 1 minute. Drain and toss with the mushrooms and the broccoli. Heat through, add the cilantro and sesame oil, toss together, and serve.