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Do you want to know a secret? This is my favorite thing to eat when I'm alone in the house (rare) in front of the TV watching soap operas.
- 1 lb tofu
- 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 coriander leaves, coarsely chopped (if available)
- 3 dried red chili peppers, , seeded,soaked,and coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 tablespoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup rice vinegar (cider vinegar is fine)
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup hot water
- 3⁄4 cup finely chopped/crushed peanuts
- 2 cups peanut oil (for frying tofu) or 2 cups vegetable oil (for frying tofu)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
- Cut the tofu in 1- 1/2 inch square pieces.
- Set aside.
- Make a paste (with such small quantities, a mortar and pestle are probably the easiest method) of the garlic, coriander, 3 seeded chili peppers, and salt.
- Add the vinegar and mix.
- Dissolve the 1/4 cup sugar in 1/4 cup hot water and add it to the paste along with the 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts.
- Mix well (the food processor helps here) and put it in a serving bowl.
- Sprinkle with coriander leaves and red pepper flakes.
- Put the 2 cup of peanut oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Deep-fry the tofu in hot (360 degrees Fahrenheit) oil for 5 minutes, until a light gold.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Place the tofu on a serving plate and the bowl of peanut sauce next to it.
- Use the peanut sauce as a dip.
- Serve either hot or at room temperature.