Hawaiian Pork Tofu Dinner Ideas
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Tasty Pork Tofu with Ginger
Now here's a keeper for the recipe file - it's a family favorite that has followed us for over 20 years and nearly 10,000 miles of moving across the US. In Hawaii, it's not only a huge melting pot of ethnicity, but also an explosion of ethnic cooking that blends across the many different nationalities. Families simply take the best dishes from each culture and cleverly blend them into their own cooking style,
As many different Pacific islands as there is, there are as many different styles and techniques of cooking as well. Add to the cauldron the many international cultures of Asia, Europe, etc, and you get quite a bit of cooking artistry. Pork Tofu with Ginger is an Asian blend of recipes that comes about when this much culture is fused together on one little rock of an island called Hawaii. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. Peace. Kawi.
- 1 lbs Ground Pork, Sub with chicken or turkey
- To taste Graded Ginger
- To taste Minced Garlic
- To Taste Pepper, Ground
- 1 Tblspn adjust to taste Oyster sauce, I use oyster sauce w/o MSG
- 1 Tblspn adjust to taste Low sodium soy sauce, I use Aloha Shoyu low sodium
- 1 packet Firm tofu
- To taste Sliced green onions, To garnish at the end
Whenever I cook for a special occasion, I make sure that there are a few things that never enter the kitchen: Bad attitudes, temper tantrums (especially me when something goes wrong) and any negative mindset. I believe that love is an ingredient that affects the taste of a dish, so much so that if two people made the same dish, it would be easy to distinguish the one that cooked with love than one that cooked with indifference. Therefore, choose love.
Also, whenever possible, get everyone involved - uncork a good bottle of wine (or tap a keg) and give everyone a task. Make it a festive event so that the next time you get together to discover a new dish, everyone knows what to expect and are anxious to get involved. This can easily become a monthly event - and a very cool thing to do. Have peace. Kawi.
When it comes to pork...
Let's Get Cooking
- Drain tofu. Cut tofu into about 3/4 cubes. Chop garlic and prep ginger for mincing.
- I use a wok for this dish because sometimes a pot or pan gathers too much moisture. Heat up the wok at medium heat, use a little vegetable oil to brown the garlic and ginger first - I normally cook with extra virgin olive oil or EVOO, but in this case, I didn't want the taste from the olive oil to conflict with the dish.
- Add ground pork and work it in the wok to break it up so that there won't be any large clumps. Continue to chop and flip the pork until the pork is grounded out. Do not use high heat, just keep the heat nice and mellow to keep cooking the pork at an even pace. Continue turning the pork to ensure even cooking throughout.
- Drain any oil/water built up in wok. While pork is nearly cooked, add soy and oyster sauce ingredients. Add slowly, and keep folding the pork to ensure that the sauces are spread throughout the dish.
- After pork is completely cooked, let the sauces cook into the pork for another 10 minutes while still folding occasionally. Pepper to taste - it should just be a hint so don't get heavy handed with the pepper.
- Finally add your cubed tofu and continue gently folding over.
- Lastly, add your sliced green onions - make sure it's the green end and not the white stock side. It makes for a more colorful presentation, and more flavorful than the white end.
- You can eat this dish with anything, but we like balancing it out with brown rice, kim chee and pickled ginger to bring it all together.
Check out this easy Hawaiian dish:
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