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Spicy Tofu Hotpot

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Tricia

    Most recipes where I have used tofu, it has stated in the directions to “press” it. I typically will wrap it in paper towels, lay it on a dinner plate, lay another dinner plate on top of it and put 2-3 cans on top. I leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours (or a day), and I have had no problems cubing it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I did press it but maybe I didn’t do it right, or not long enough? I stopped because the tofu was starting to fall apart.

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I love asian food . . . but rarely cook it myself (well, at least in authentic ways). This looks delicious. I’d suggest not using the Tetrapak tofus, because they always seem to crumble, even when they say firm. Try the extra firm tofu that you can find in the refrigerated section. Those tend to work better!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good to know. I will try a different brand next time. I don’t remember what I used for the last tofu dish I made that turned out great but this one was hard to work with.

  3. Lynn B

    As a vegetarian I have tried all kinds of tofu and played with the consistency. One thing I’ve notice is that the kind that comes in the plastic containers (partially filled with water) are generally easier to work with (unless you are making smoothies or cream sauces). My favorite way to use tofu as a substitute for meat is to buy extra firm and then freeze it. Thaw it back out, drain it and press it…I mean really try to get all of the water out (as described above or with a tofu press). Your tofu will be spongier and have more of a chewy texture similiar to meat. I make General Taos Tofu that even my meat eating hubby loves. Freeze and press…its the only way to go!
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  4. Candace

    Hi Lisa – I cook asian food a lot, probably 2 or 3 times a week. I love all ethnic foods but turn to asian most often because my significant other is part Korean. Also they involve a lot of produce and are usually very healthy. There are quite a few good asian markets around Portland, the key is getting the right ingredients. Lily Market on Halsey is good – they are so nice and helpful if you have questions. In fact they offer advice whether you need it or not. I see American people all the time who take lists or recipes into other asian markets, like Fubonn, and ask for help. One man at Fubonn had a store stock clerk shopping for him! . I LOVE shopping at asian markets, it’s overwhelming at first, but really fun.

    I find a lot of good authentic recipes online, my favs to cook are thai curries and korean dishes. Thai curries are really versatile – you can use just about any protein and just about all vegetables seem to work. They are not difficult to make, and pretty quick. I always keep a few cans of the curry paste in my pantry along with cans of coconut milk. I add fresh cilantro or thai basil and some lime juice to brighten the flavor at the end.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the tips, Candace. I wish Uwajimaya was in SE Portland and more convenient to get to. Although, I used to live near SE Hawthorne and there were tons of Asian grocery stores on 82nd that I always wanted to go to but never made it. I will definitely try next time I do an Asian recipe.

      I do a lot of curries because they are pretty easy. I also love that Asian food has a lot of vegetables. It’s usually a pretty low calorie option.

  5. Detje Bea

    I have not tried tofu yet and this recipe sounds delicious. I will be making it very soon.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It was delicious. I will make it again but make it spicier.

  6. bethh

    Don’t discount all the Toby products! I really like the non-jalapeno one (it might be a low-fat version; I think the container is blue). It really is pretty much like egg salad without being quite so eggy. I think they’re from Eugene so you can’t really get their stuff out of state. I missed it when I lived in the Bay Area, though I’m not a rabid fan of it like I used to be.

    I hope you try the freeze & press technique for tofu and let us know how it goes.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ll look for it. There were several flavors of the Toby products. I might try their other flavors. And yes, I will try the freeze and press technique. That sounds a lot easier.

  7. Roz@weightingfor50

    I love cooking Asian food. And we are so lucky here in Vancouver to have so many asian markets for ingredients. Have a wonderful gluten/dairy free day Lisa.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Do you find it difficult to find the right ingredients in Asian markets?

  8. Carbzilla

    Definitely try Extra firm tofu, the silken kind is better for smoothies, etc. I stay away from the stuff since I have thyroid issues (and it doesn’t agree with my tummy).

    When I *was* eating it back in the day, there was a “cottage salad” that was so yummy. I don’t know what it was trying to imitate, but it was herby and delicious.

    I feel bad I didn’t tell you about the Omission beer sooner. My CEO had it at a restaurant a couple of weeks ago, and then I bought some more at Whole Foods for him. He said it was pretty good, though he’s not a big drinker.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s ok! I’m glad we finally tried the Omission beer. And I realized that I had had some at the Brewfest last year after I tasted it.

  9. Sarah

    I love Asian food! I leave the cooking of it to my fiance though (he’s Chinese).
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      What is your favorite dish your fiance fixes?

  10. Lindsay

    Have you tried Harvester Brewing – they have really good GF beer and are local
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t heard of that one. I will look for it next time.

  11. Trevor

    I don’t often eat asian food. I’d like to give it more of a try though. I think you definitely scored with that gluten-free beer though. I’ll keep my eyes open for it, or something similar. I’ve always been curious about it and now you’ve convinced me to give it a go. I’ll be on the lookout.

    Cheers!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Let me know if you try it. I’m an IPA fan and Omission pale ale was a good substitute but I still prefer hoppy IPAs…. 🙂

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