Editor's Rating

A healthier take on Thai cooking.

5
Skill Level
10
"Delish" Level
8.5
"Instagrammabality"

I’ve been trying to look for recipes that are ultimately plant-based. Yup! That’s right. In a span of almost two weeks, I suddenly switched to being a Vegan from a meat-eating glutton that I was. The numbers on the scale are not doing so well, so I searched for a diet that would help me cleanse, lose weight, and at the same time provide the proper nutrition I need for my workouts. Surprisingly, it works for me as I’ve been losing almost 2 lbs every week. Of course, what works for me may not be suitable for busier individuals and breastfeeding moms. But, here’s a recipe that you can easily whip up when you’re craving for Thai flavors less the meat.

 

Preparation Time: 10 mins.

Cooking Time: 25 mins.

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • Eggplants (3 long pieces, sliced however you want it, but for this, I sliced it in lengthwise half and diagonally)
  • Green Bell Pepper (1 pc. large)
  • Red Bell Pepper (1 pc. large)
  • Firm Tofu (400g, sliced in medium dice)
  • Basil (1 bunch, sliced in chiffonade)
  • Garlic (4 cloves)
  • Red Onion (1 small bulb)
  • Hoisin Sauce (4 tbsp.)
  • Light Soy Sauce (2 tbsp.)
  • Vegetable Oil (3 tbsp.)
  • Bird’s Eye Chili Siling Labuyo¬†(3 pcs. or more to make it a bit more spicier)
  • Cornstarch Slurry (2 tbsp. of cornstarch added with 5 tbsp. water)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

PROCEDURE:

  1. In a medium wok or medium saute pan, saute red onions and garlic.
  2. In high fire, add the eggplant pieces and toss them in a bit of oil and salt.
  3. Stir the eggplants every few minutes to avoid them from sticking to the wok.
  4. At this point, I add in a bit of water to cook the eggplants.
  5. Add in the cubed tofu. Try to toss the eggplant and tofu together without mashing the tofu.
  6. Add in Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, salt and pepper. If you want it to be more saucy, add in more water and sauces according to your tasting and let simmer.
  7. Add in peppers, chilies, and basil. Stir and combine altogether.
  8. When everything is cooked evenly, thicken the sauce with cornstarch slurry and let simmer until done.
  9. Best served with Brown Rice or Red Rice (especially for calorie watchers).
  10. Enjoy!~

HAPPY COOKING!!!

 

XOXO,