Friday, May 29, 2009

open sesame

Here's the deal. I make don't make Asian food that often. Not because I don't love it, but because it is never as good as takeout. And, picking up that phone and dialing is just so easy...

But, I came across a recipe for restaurant style sesame chicken, which you can find here on recipezaar. I was doubtful, but I thought I would give it a try. I made the chicken as directed. I altered the recipe and made tofu for myself. I am still no expert on tofu, and in the future I will remove more of the excess moisture, but it work fine enough.

It was really all about the sauce, which was as proclaimed as good as what you get in a restaurant. I would suggest cutting the recipe in half though. It was more than enough for both of our dishes and left overs (which we almost didn't have because the carnivore wanted to eat the whole batch). Also, I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth so that it would be safe for both of us to eat. The carnivore had no clue.

So, if you are adventurous enough to make your own Asian food, I highly recommend you try this recipe out. Whether you make it with chicken or with tofu, the plates will be clean!

menu ideas:
I served our sesame chicken and tofu with buttered white rice (but brown would work too) and steamed snow peas. You could also start with a couple of spring rolls. They would be great dipped in the left over sauce.


  1. Yum! I love it when I find a recipe that is good or better than take out!

  2. Love this! I just made General Tso's Tofu for me and the real chicken version for my hubby! I will try this sesame one with tofu next!

  3. I just stumbled across your blog while I was searching for some vegetarian dishes to cook for a few friends at an up-and-coming dinner party. Nice recipe! I noticed you said you had some issues getting the tofu they way you like it while you made this. The recipe is a few months old. Have you made any improvements to your tofu preparations?


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