When many people visit Chinese restaurants, they focus on dishes that feature meat. General Tso's chicken, pork spare ribs, and breaded shrimp are popular meat-based dishes. If you're following a plant-based diet, you'll obviously want to stay away from the many meat options on the menu. Fortunately, you'll still have several dishes that you can order and enjoy. One option is to focus on those that feature tofu as the protein source. Many Chinese restaurants have several tofu dishes on the menu, making it easy to find something that suits your taste buds. Here are three tofu dishes to consider ordering.
Tofu And Broccoli
Beef and broccoli are available at virtually every Chinese restaurant, but many eateries offer the plant-based alternative of tofu and broccoli. Although the preparation can vary between restaurants, you'll generally find that the tofu is cubed and pan-fried, and then combined with broccoli and tossed in a sauce that features soy sauce and other ingredients. This is a filling dish that you can enjoy as a main course, perhaps with some plain rice, as it's loaded with protein from the tofu and also offers a good amount of fiber from the broccoli.
Salt And Pepper Tofu
If you've previously enjoyed salt and pepper shrimp or salt and pepper pork, but are now adhering to a plant-based diet, you might wish to order salt and pepper tofu at your local Chinese eatery. In this dish, the tofu is commonly cubed into bite-sized pieces, coated in a combination of salt, pepper, and other ingredients, and then fried so that the tofu is crispy on the exterior but still soft inside. It's common to get this dish with a serving of dipping sauce, which can vary from sweet to spicy.
If you're the type of person who enjoys spicy fare at Chinese restaurants, you may wish to order a dish of Mapo tofu. This is a popular tofu dish that features several ingredients alongside the tofu. You can expect to find chili paste, fermented beans, and a selection of finely diced vegetables. Mapo tofu is served in a pot and is suitable as a main course, although it can be fun to share it as a starter with your dining partners. Spooning some of this dish over white rice can help to dilute the spiciness to some degree. Visit a local Chinese eatery to experience these and other tofu-based dishes.
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16 December 2022
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