Recipe Tangerine Tofu with Star Anise

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Marinating tofu for a long time pays off here - the orange and anise flavours really shine through. You could substitute another green vegetable instead of the sugar snap peas. Asparagus or green beans would work. Serve over noodles or rice for a light lunch.

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Ingredients (serves 2)
  • 250g firm tofu (I use Tofoo)
  • A large handful of sugar snap peas
  • Chopped red chillies, to taste
For the marinade:
  • Juice of one tangerine
  • Peel of the tangerine
  • 5 or 6 star anise
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100ml white wine vinegar
For the sauce:
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic cut in slivers
  • A small thumb of ginger cut into julienne strips
  • A few strips of tangerine peel cut into julienne strips
  • A large handful of sugar snap peas or other green vegetable of your choice.
  • 2 heaped tsp cornflour (cornstarch) dissolved in a little cold water
Method
  1. Place the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add the tofu, cut into cubes and mix well. Leave to marinade for several hours or over night. Turn the tofu in the marinade once or twice during this time.
  2. Drain the tofu but reserve the marinade.
  3. Pat the tofu dry with a kitchen towel. Add both the the oils to a non-stick pan and fry the tofu, turning until golden. This will take approx. 5 mins.
  4. Mix 6 tbsp of the marinade (strained to remove particles) with 2 tsp cornflour and 1 tbsp light soy sauce. Add it to the pan with the sugar snap peas (you can add them whole - I cut them in pieces), the garlic, ginger and julienned tangerine peel.
  5. Stir to thicken the sauce then gradually add the rest of the strained marinade until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Cook gently until the sugar snap peas are heated through. Add the chopped red chillies.
  7. Serve with noodles or rice.
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@morning glory

Dear, there is no mention of the rice noodles and the quantity in the récipe !!

Gorgeous Little récipe ...
No need to - common sense! :D The recipe is for the tofu. As its says in the intro - serve over noodles or rice. For that matter, it could be served on its own.

This is quite the normal practice when writing up recipes. I do the same with Curry recipes 'serve with rice or flatbreads' - there is no need to provide recipes for them as they are so basic. Here is an extract from recipe from a lovely curry recipe by Chef Jamie Oliver. There is no mention of quantity of rice or how to cook it in the ingredient list or instructions. This is the last line of the instructions:
Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, coconut rice, naan breads and a fresh green salad, if you like.
And here is the photo of his recipe as it appears on his website: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/gurkha-chicken-curry/

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