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.
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
- 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:
Drain tofu well, gently press out any remaining moisture with paper towels wrapped around brick.
Slice tofu into 3/4" squares.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine rice flour and cornstarch. Add tofu cubes and toss well, coating the tofu.
In a pan suitable for frying, add 3" of oil. Heat to 350 degrees.
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.
Remove from oil and drain on a paper-towel lined baking sheet.
Repeat with second half of tofu cubes.
Serve hot with a side of Awesome-ish Sauce.
For the Awesome-ish Sauce
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well. Sauce is best after flavors have combined for an hour or so.