I wanted to make a vegan chorizo recipe that doesn't just come close to regular chorizo in the flavor department, but outright nails it. I wanted a meat-free chorizo with textural contrast up the wazoo, and a chorizo that changes texture as you cook it just like its meat-based counterpart. I wanted a chorizo that is tangy, rich, and complex. In short, I wanted nothing less than the best darned meat-free chorizo around. And what I want, I get.
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Every year, families celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with an impressive feast called Reunion Dinner, and among the many plates on the table is abalone in a rich sauce with dried oysters, shiitakes, and an algae called black moss. Inspired by that dish, this recipe is a vegetarian take with easier-to-find ingredients, like tofu and both fresh and dried mushrooms. Even without the seafood it still delivers on the richness and flavor of the original.
Crispy tofu is marinated in garlic, coriander root, and lemongrass, and stuffed into a Vietnamese-style sandwich with pickled carrots, daikon, cilantro, cucumber, and jalapeños. The trick is a low and slow cooking method and a double coating of the flavorful marinade.
Waffling gives tofu a crispy outside and soft inside without the need for deep-frying. And it only takes a few minutes. Paired with a little leftover sticky rice and some condiments, it's a quick and easy meal—and a visual standout.
When it comes to vegan recipes, I usually stay far, far away from anything that uses quotation marks in its name. I'm happy to eat a plate of vegan food—rice, beans, and vegetables are some of my favorite things to eat. Once "meat" and "cheese" get involved, meals tend to get a little weird. So I approached Mark Bittman's "chorizo" tacos in his new VB6 Cookbook with some trepidation.
This mousseline is a subtle number, a blend of medium and silken tofu, thickened with egg whites and flavored with a hint of ginger and shichimi togarashi. It provides a soft base for the broth, and it grounds the dish with profound earthiness.
For me, a dim sum brunch isn't complete without a plate of Supreme Soy Sauce Chow Mein. A simple dish of stir-fried thin noodles cooked with bean sprouts and scallions, it's cooked with just a bit of thin, soy-based sauce that coats the noodles in a concentrated layer of flavor. I turn this snack into a meal by adding an array of colorful, crunchy vegetables and tofu.
A homey Chinese and American mashup made with steamed soft silken tofu in a sauce flavored with hot Italian sausage and sliced shiitake mushrooms.
Hot, tingly, and packed with chunks of crispy tofu, peanuts, and celery, this is a meat-free version of the classic Sichuan dish.
A quick and easy stir-fry with crisp tofu and broccoli tossed in a sweet and savory sauce with garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds.
Classic hot and sour soup made with a rich chicken and ham stock, served with tofu, wood-ear mushrooms, day lilies, and pork.
If the pairing of tofu and meat seems incongruous to you, then you've probably missed out on many of the best dishes that Asian cuisines have to offer.
Phat thai wasn't on Andy Ricker's original menu at his Portland restaurant, Pok Pok. It wasn't until he opened a noodle shop in New York that he fully embraced the public's demand for a serious plate of Thai fried noodles. Ricker's recipe in his new Pok Pok cookbook is a version of the dish he serves in New York. Even though it has a long, somewhat chaotic ingredient list, the final dish is subtle and almost delicate.
This simple stir-fry combines Thai staples—fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice, and peanuts—with easy-to-find ingredients—spinach, tofu, basil—for a spicy, crunchy, vegetarian main that comes together faster than you can cook a pot of rice.
I don't know about you, but kimchi stew (jjigae) reminds me of winter. But it turns out summer vegetables are equally at home in this dish. Plus, haven't you heard that adage that you should eat a hot soup on a hot day?
Stone fruits and melons bring to mind portable beach snacks, bubbling cobbler or juice dripping down your chin. But as we wrap up our leisurely summer weekends (and produce) and transition to fall, there's no need to leave the fruit behind—you can pack it in cold grain salads for an office lunch.
There's tofu, and then there's dry tofu. This stir-fry with snappy green beans and rice has a hint of chili and a gingery kick for a tasty and filling meal with that takes all of five minutes to cook.
Baked tofu won't dry out the next day or get sad and shriveled like fried tofu can. A trip under the broiler yields a crunchy, chewy crust; here it's bolstered by a thick coating of sesame seeds. A spicy green bean salad makes a straightforward, refreshing accompaniment, and can be mixed and matched with whatever's in your fridge.
Try as I might, I will never tire of in-season asparagus. But I do try to switch things up to make sure things stay interesting in the kitchen. One of my favorite variations is to pair the green stalks with white miso.