I’m a panang curry fiend! Ever since I tried the dish four years ago, it’s been my go to order at every Thai restaurant. The problem is that not all panang curries are equally delicious. I’ve cried through devilishly spicy panang, pouted through watery panang, and choked down panang served over canned green beans. But every once in a while I order a panang that perfectly combines coconut milk with curry powder for a heavenly sweet, spicy, and creamy dish.
Since I’ve yet to find a good panang within a five hour drive, I’ve resorted to attempting the dish on my own. I recently stumbled across a lighter recipe that was too good not to share.
Here’s my one-dish, winter panang curry.
For 18 years, tofu scared me. My mom would try to get me to eat it, but it always tasted like printer paper and the texture fell somewhere between a sun-baked gummy bear and solidified glue. I would watch my brother down Tex-Mex flavored hunks of the stuff, but it never appealed to me. That is, until I tried it in a stir-fry.
Over my years of forced tofu tasting, I’ve learned that tofu only tastes as good as the rest of the dish it’s in. That’s why I happen to like the stuff when it’s smothered in stir-fry sauce. If you too are a tofu un-enthusiast, here’s a great dish to get your feet into the tofu pool.
Vegetable Tofu Stir-Fry Ingredients: (Serves 4)
Vegetable Tofu Stir Fry
- Tofu (Extra firm)
- Frozen bag of stir fry vegetables
- Stir-fry sauce (My favorite is Kikkoman)
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- Garlic (Diced)
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
Step 1: Cut tofu into bite sized cubes. In a pan, add sesame oil and garlic heat on medium-low heat. Add tofu. Cook until flavors are absorbed and tofu begins to brown. Take tofu out of pan and place aside.