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Tender golden chunks of aubergine and tofu are marinated in a rich, spicy satay sauce, fried till caramelised and served with a tangle of brown rice noodles and sweet carrot ribbons, studded with flecks of fresh chilli and toasted peanuts.
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 20 mins
Delicious. Read the other reviews and only used half the zested lemon in the marinade. No rice vinegar in the cupboard so used apple cider instead plus a tsp of sesame oil in the dressing. Used crunchy peanut butter so didn't bother with the extra fried peanuts. Next time I would use a little more water as the marinade was a little thick. Did not use aubergine and instead ribboned a courgette with the carrot and mixed into the noodles. I didn't bother with the skewers (I might if I was making this for friends though) as they are purely decorative. The marinade started to burn before the tofu was cooked so we ate it as it was. Next time I will line the grill pan with foil and grill the tofu. OH loved it, said it was much like a Thai salad. I ate mine with soy sauce as I felt that improved it but OH disagreed. Lime would also work well with this dish instead of lemon. Only had smoked tofu but it worked great. Made more than enough for two and OH will have the leftovers for l
This recipe features on the A&C calendar this year. The review above suggests that the recipe does not work, but there is no response from A&C to correct it. On the basis of the (very helpful) negative review I will dice and roast the aubergine before beginning.
The noodley, carroty business was delicious, but the rest, alas, was vile. Tofu and aubergine are among my favourite foods, but this didn't taste of much except zest! Aubergine was still not edible after "satay" scraped off, as it was undercooked and seemed to have absorbed the bitterness. The excessively zesty sauce was quite hard to spread & I don't know why it says to skewer before saucing... Or at all for that matter - makes it impossible to use a wok, & cumbersome at best even in a large flat bottomed frying pan. Aubergine often seems to take longer than recipes claim and that tofu can basically be eaten out of the packet, so I probably should have been more suspicious from the start :/