Friday, July 9, 2010

Spicy Eggplant and Tofu Stir Fry

The last time I was at PF Changs prior to going vegetarian again, I had the Chicken and Eggplant, which is ground chicken and eggplant stir-fried in a scallion and soy chili sauce. I absolutely loved the dish, it was spicy and flavorful, and had eggplant, one of my favorite vegetables. I haven't been back and asked if I could sub tofu for the chicken, but I did decide to try making it at home. I created a soy chili sauce that I thought was very, very close to PF Changs version. I also served this over rice noodles rather than brown rice because I hate how long it takes to cook rice, and I love noodles! 
Also, PF Changs eggplant is all peeled, I leave mine in stripes because I like a little skin, but too much makes the dish chewy.

Spicy Eggplant and Tofu Stir Fry

2 tsp. sesame oil
1 large eggplant, slightly peeled and diced in 1" chunks (about 2 lbs.)
Kosher salt
1/4 c. tamari or dark, rich soy sauce
1/4 c. vegetable stock
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sherry 
1 tbsp. sriracha
1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
4 scallions, white and green parts, trimmed and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 block of firm tofu, pressed and crumbled
4 oz. rice noodles, prepared
Scallions, for garnish

Heat a wok over medium, add sesame oil and eggplant, season with salt and stir fry for 5 minutes, until caramelized and slightly softened.
In a small dish, whisk together soy sauce, vegetable stock, sherry, sriracha, sugar, pepper, scallion, garlic and cornstarch.
Pour over eggplant, turn heat to low.
Mix eggplant with sauce, bring to a low simmer.
Add crumbled tofu, stir to incorporate.
Simmer mixture for another 5-8 minutes, until eggplant is tender.
If mixture gets too dry, add another splash of vegetable stock or soy sauce (in equal parts).
Place rice noodles in a dish, top with eggplant-tofu mixture, garnish with scallions and serve.


Dawn said...

I'm with you I love eggplant and I leave the skin on too. This sounds excellent. I have some tofu I have GOT to cook and this sounds like a great idea!

Tasha said...

Yummy! I love eggplant too, and like Dawn I have tofu that has to be used. I'm still new to cooking up tofu at home, and the last several recipes I tried were alright but not amazing. I can't imagine with all the flavors in this it could be anything but.

Laura T. said...

Loving this veggie dish--I usually cut out meat during the summer (it's just too hot for heavy foods)--so I love this revised recipe.

Divya Vikram said...

That looks so delicious :)

Joanne said...

I haven't had PF Changs since I left Boston and boy do I miss it. Good stuff.

This rendition of their meal looks fantastic! Eggplant is a total favorite of mine.

Taiwan-Teacher said...

This was AMAZING! Can I just say how much I love your blog? Everything I've made from it has been delicious. Thanks!