Fried Tofu and Awesome-ish Sauce

One of my very favorite places to dine out in Kansas City is Blue Koi.  Described as a noodle and dumpling shop, they offer flavorful food, an extensive gluten-free selection and an inviting atmosphere at both locations.

Every time I drive by, I think about dropping in just to get their Crispy Tofu and Awesome Sauce.  On more than a few occasions, I’ve made that my entire meal.  Perfectly crispy nuggets of tofu dipped into Awesome Sauce makes my day.

fried tofu and awesom-ish sauce In Johnna's Kitchen

So about that Awesome Sauce…I really have no idea what exactly Blue Koi puts in theirs.  I’ve tried many times to make it at home.  The version I’m sharing here is the closest I’ve come to making something that closely resembles the real thing, therefore I’m calling it Awesome-ish.  If I hadn’t tasted the real thing, I would probably think this sauce is Awesome.  ;)

Fried Tofu and Awesome-ish Sauce

Fried Tofu and Awesome-ish Sauce


    For Tofu:
  • 1-15 or 16 oz. block of extra firm tofu, well drained
  • 1/3 cup rice flour (I prefer brown rice, white works also)
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Oil for frying
  • For Awesome-ish Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Thai Kitchen Sweet Chile Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon green onions, finely sliced


    For the Tofu:
  1. Drain tofu well, gently press out any remaining moisture with paper towels wrapped around brick.
  2. Slice tofu into 3/4" squares.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine rice flour and cornstarch. Add tofu cubes and toss well, coating the tofu.
  4. In a pan suitable for frying, add 3" of oil. Heat to 350 degrees.
  5. Once oil is hot, add half of the tofu cubes. Stir a couple of times to make sure the cubes are not stuck together. Fry for approximately 2 minutes, until the cubes take on a very light brown color.
  6. Remove from oil and drain on a paper-towel lined baking sheet.
  7. Repeat with second half of tofu cubes.
  8. Serve hot with a side of Awesome-ish Sauce.
  9. For the Awesome-ish Sauce
  10. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well. Sauce is best after flavors have combined for an hour or so.
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  1. John says

    I was going to go to the Blue Koi today (Sunday) and get carry out for my wife and I. She was craving the fried tofu and their amazing awesome sauce. I got ready to leave and pulled their website up to get their phone number and saw they were closed on Sunday. So we decided to make it ourselves. We found this website and followed the recipe and it was perfect! The awesome sauce tasted like the real thing! We used peanut oil to fry the tofu and seasoned the oil with a little seasoned salt and pepper before placing the tofu in and it turned out delicious! Thank you for this recipe!

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, John. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. While I would eat at Blue Koi every single day if I could, it’s sure nice to have this version. I’ll have to try peanut oil next time!

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