Inspired by classic Chinese restaurant-style Fermented Black Bean dishes — this Black Bean Tofu dish has a pungent, umami flavor like no other. Warm and Cozy, perfect for the cold days.
Oil Free, Oven-baked Crispy Tofu
All you need is a block of firm tofu, a working toaster oven, and some salt. You’ll first want to press the tofu to remove as much liquid as possible. Then simply cut the tofu into small cubes, sprinkle them with salt, and arrange them one-layer on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for around 35-40 minutes depending on the size of your cubes, or until all the tofu pieces are crispy and golden-brown. Remember to flip them half-way to ensure even cooking.
Preparing White Asparagus
As opposed to regular green asparagus, white asparagus have tougher, more fibrous stalks. Thus, it is necessary to peel them (while it is recommended to peel green asparagus as well but not necessary). Because they have thicker stalks, white asparagus take longer to cook as well.
Preparation. Start by cutting around 1-2 cm off the base of the asparagus. From there, peel with a vegetable peeler from around 2-3 cm off the tip of the asparagus. Be very careful as white asparagus is less flexible and will snap if handled without much care. I usually also prepare a bowl with water and a good squeeze of lime/lemon juice — store your peeled asparagus in that bowl to prevent discoloring!