Kung Pao Tofu & Rice

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Serves2 people
Kung Pao Tofu & Rice

Kung pao is a Szechuan dish traditionally made with chicken, peanuts and plenty of chilli. This vegan version swaps in golden fried tofu, cooked with fresh chilli, garlic, ginger, organic veg and a tamari sauce, served with plenty of rice.


  • 75g brown basmati rice
  • 300ml boiling water
  • Sea salt
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 pak choi
  • 190g marinated tofu
  • 1 tbsp olive, sunflower or coconut oil
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 chilli
  • 50g tamari
  • 35g peanuts

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 30 mins

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1. Fill and boil your kettle. Rinse the rice, then tip it into a small pan. Pour in 200ml boiling water and add a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to the boil then turn the heat right down and very gently simmer for 20-25 mins till all the water is absorbed. Take the pan off the heat and set aside, lid on, for 5 mins to finish cooking the rice.
2. While the rice simmers, halve the red pepper, scoop out the seeds and white pith and roughly chop the pepper. Separate the pak choi leaves, then slice the stems and tear the larger leaves in half. Drain the tofu and slice it into chunks around 1-2cm thick.
3. Put the wok back on a high heat. Add ½ tbsp oil and the tofu. Fry for 4-5 mins, turning a few times, till the tofu is golden brown.
4. While the tofu fries, peel and grate the garlic and ginger. Finely slice the chilli, scraping out the seeds and pith if you prefer less heat. Roughly chop the peanuts.
5. Lift the tofu out of the pan and set aside on a plate. Add another ½ tbsp oil to the pan along with the garlic, ginger and chilli. Sizzle and stir for 15-30 secs, then add the red pepper and pak choi stems. Stir fry for 2-3 mins till the veg are just starting to soften but still have plenty of bite.
6. Return the tofu to the pan and add the peanuts. Pour in the tamari along with 100ml hot water and simmer for 2-3 mins.
7. Stir the pak choi leaves into the wok. Taste and add a pinch of salt or pepper if you think it needs it. Fluff the rice with a fork and divide between 2 bowls. Top with the kung pao tofu and serve.
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