Happy New Year and welcome 2012! As I start into this new year, one of my resolutions is to simplify – to decide on a course of action, take it, and not worry about it after the fact. In the spirit of this new resolution, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite very simple Thai-inspired dishes, tofu with roasted chili paste.
This dish has become a staple on my dinner menu. I tend to make it when I get home late from work (or, well, holiday shopping more recently…). It’s the perfect meal for these late nights because it’s quick and easy to make, it doesn’t require many ingredients, and most importantly, it’s tasty.
The first thing I do when making this dish is start cooking my rice to go with it, because even my 18-minute rice cooker takes longer to finish cooking than this dish does.
Then you chop a few herbs and start cooking – just sauté the garlic, add the roasted chili paste, then add the tofu and allow it to soak up the wonderfully spicy and sweet flavors of the chili paste. At the last minute, add some green onions and even cilantro if you want. By that time, the rice is generally done and you’re ready to eat.
This tofu is not the fanciest dish there is, but then again, the simplest ones are generally the best, right? So here’s to a wonderfully simple start to the new year!