Happy Lunar New Year everyone! I always told myself due to us observing both Western and Lunar calendars, we have twice as many opportunities to start the year off right! Ever since we moved from Taiwan to Texas, the Lunar New Year celebration has not been the same, I remember the school children normally take Winter break at this time, working Mom and Dads would get around a week off also. This was a time I got to hang out with relatives, visit certain folks from out of town and enjoy the festivities together, also collect red envelopes, the most exciting time indeed. Now a days I try to have some traditions around my own home, so little girl can learn about the culture and hopefully pass the fun to her children. On Lunar New Year’s eve I would clean the whole house, since no cleaning is allowed during the New Year celebration, I would make sure to have oranges and flowers in the kitchen, they represent good fortune and make me happy. Most importantly there’s the cooking, my Mama made this wonderful New Year’s cake, I cut them into rectangular shapes, dip in egg then pan fried golden, oh they were so good! There were also boiled and pan fried dumplings, then some tea eggs to top everything off. You can see the photos on Weeknite Meals’ FaceBook page here>
Anywho, let’s talk about today’s recipe! Chinese people like to eat dishes that represent good fortune during the New Year’s celebration, for example, the dumplings look like the silver and gold ingots Chinese folks used as currency, the Tea Eggs symbolize golden nuggets. The Golden Tofu are made to represent gold bricks, and who doesn’t want some in their home to bring in prosperity and more good fortune in the new year! I had fun making this, the family had a great time eating ’em gold blocks, I hope you will give it a try also!
1 box firm tofu
1/2 T sesame seeds
3 T corn starch
1/3 cup panko
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T teriyaki sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2T oil for frying
1. Slice the tofu and cut them into rectangle shape to represent gold bricks, set aside to drain
2. Mix panko with sesame seed on a plate, set aside
3. Beat the egg, add minced garlic, set aside
4. Put corn starch in 1 bowl, set aside
5. Coat the tofu in the following order: dip in egg, then corn starch, then panko mix
6. Heat up the oil with medium high heat, add the tofu pieces and pan fry until golden brown. (Optional: I served them on top of a bed of sauteed spinach), plate and sprinkle with salt/pepper to taste, then drizzle teriyaki sauce or soy sauce. Enjoy!