Rethinking tofu in harsh winter

Subash Yadav Columnist


This winter has been so cold; I think the whole global warming issue will need to be revised after this. Seriously, sometimes I feel I might as well live in Antarctica. But on a positive note, I have had a chance to attend Africa Night and China Night these last two weekends.

The amount of diversity I experience here in this small Midwest town is absolutely amazing. All these events have had over 400 attendees which I think is very impressive and I hope the trend continues to grow. Both the African students and Chinese students did a phenomenal job in organizing these events. India night takes place in a few weeks. Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out. 

This week I have been thinking about tofu. For those of you who have no idea what it is, Google it. There are people who like it a lot, some who want to eat more of it but can’t get past the texture and some have no idea how to eat this stuff.  So here is a way to prepare tofu after which, you will never look at it the same way again.

You will need:


Firm/ extra firm tofu 1 lb


Corn starch½ cup


Salt½ tsp


Ground pepper½ tsp


Garlic powder1 tsp


Onion powder1 tsp


Veg. oil3-4 tbs


Drain tofu and cut into cubes, rectangles, triangles or whatever   

shape you like but keep it consistent. 


After you have a uniformly cut tofu, put it on paper towel to dry some moisture. 


In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and set aside.

Heat a pan (medium high) and put oil to coat the pan. Toss the cubes of tofu in the dry corn starch mix and shake excess corn starch.    

Place the cubes in the pan and sear it in all sides so all the sides are brown (like a piece of steak). 


These cubes will be have crunchy coating now and can be used in various dishes to replace meat. 




Corn starch helps to give tofu nice crunchy coating. You can use any seasoning you want in the dry mix; steak seasoning, chicken seasoning, barbeque, creole, curry, etc. to your taste. Then you can add these tasty cubes of tofu on your spaghetti, or stir vegetable stir-fry, replace chicken in your curry, replace meats in your pasta, etc. or top your salad with it. Get creative and adventurous. Cook something daring in your spring break and on that note, have a safe spring break.