Prep 25 mins
Cook 15 mins
Made this for my celebration of the Year of the Dog, Chinese New Year! I based this recipe on the pork lo mein I use to eat when I still ate meat. This version is sooo much tastier and much more healthy too. You can replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth if you wish. You will get a different but equally as pleasing result.
- 2 1⁄2-3 cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth (homemade is best)
- 16 ounces firm tofu
- 5 teaspoons reduced sodium soy sauce, divided
- 2 (3 3/4 ounce) packages cellophane noodles (can use lingune,if needed)
- 1 cup broccoli floret, large dice
- 1 cup carrot, medium dice
- 1 medium yellow onion, cut in half and sliced
- 1 large red pepper, thin strips
- 1 medium yellow pepper, thin strips
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (more if wanted)
- 1⁄2 cup rice wine vinegar (must be this type of vinegar for flavor)
- ** To drain tofu: Remove from package and pat dry with paper towel. Place long side down on dinner plate, top with another plate and put heavy weight on it. Weight could be a small potful of water, a heavy can, or even your iron. Set aside and leave like that while you prepare vegetables.
- When vegetables are all cut and ready, remove the tofu slabs, pat dry and cube.
- Place tofu cubes in a bowl and add sesame oil and 2 tsp soy sauce. Toss and set aside.
- At this point, you can place everything into the refrigerator, covered, for up to 24 hours. This way you can prepare in the morning or night before, and finish for dinner.
- Put broth and 3 tsp soy sauce in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
- Stir in vegetables and vinegar. Continue to simmer,covered about five minutes.
- Add noodles, stir.
- Simmer about 6 minutes uncovered, until noodles have just about absorbed the liquid, stir occasionally. If using lingune, you MAY have to use all or part of the leftover 1/2 cup of broth at this time.
- Gently stir in tofu and pepper flakes.
- Cover, remove from heat source, and let sit about five minutes allowing pepper flakes to meld.
- Serve and enjoy. This goes well with my Raindrop Soup.