Crispy and crunchy textures, bold flavors, and colorful elements = bowl of goodness.
Pan fried tofu with celery strips is a rather classic pairing in Chinese cooking. I remember relying on this dish during my vegan days, switching out celery with broccoli, carrots or peas for variety. It never got old!
Topping this with roasted peanuts or sesame seeds really takes this combination to the next level. A squeeze of orange juice adds brightness and just a hint of citrusy tang to tie it all together. A perfectly simple, balanced, flavorful meal.
Instructions: Slice tofu into strips. (Press and drain if using firm tofu*)
Heat peanut oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When oil just begins to smoke, add tofu pieces. Fry about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown; flip and repeat for other side. Add a dash of soy sauce or salt and mix well. Transfer tofu onto plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Add celery to the pan and sauté until heated through.
To assemble: In a bowl, add rice and top with crispy tofu and celery. Garnish with peanuts, pepper flakes and a squeeze of fresh orange juice. Serve immediately.
**For Extra Crispy Tofu: Make sure to press and dry tofu well before frying! The drier the surface, the crispier the tofu.
Feel free to use whatever vegetables are in season, and adjust seasonings accordingly!