Vegan Crispy Chinese BBQ Tofu (Char Siu)

December 8, 2020
Searching for a delicious midweek recipe? Since I tried making char siu cauliflower, I knew I wanted to make a tofu version. This crispy tofu dish is a moreish, savory, protein-rich meal is one you'll crave. To create the ultimate satisfying crunch, I have used a tried and tested secret ingredient of Chinese cooking—corn flour. With this recipe, it's easy to add depth and texture to the dish. Enjoy!
vegan bbq tofu with noodles on a white plate on a cutting board

Vegan Crispy Chinese BBQ Tofu (Char Siu)

Recipe Type: Appetizers Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 3-4 servings
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  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 block Tofu
  • 1-2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Five Spice
  • 1 tsp Rice Wine (Shiaoxing Cooking Wine)
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce (Vegetarian)
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1. Peel and dice the garlic cloves.

2. Drain the tofu. Slice width ways into thick “steaks.”

3. In a bowl, toss the tofu steaks in cornstarch until evenly covered.

4. Make the Chinese BBQ sauce by mixing the soy sauce, ketchup, five spice powder, rice wine, and hoisin sauce.

5. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once warm, add the tofu pieces. Fry until golden brown, 4-5 minutes on each side. 

6. Gradually add the BBQ sauce. Turn the tofu to ensure the sauce evenly covers each piece.

7. Reduce and simmer, as it becomes a sweet glaze the tofu will get crispy and slightly charred. It’s done! Serve with noodles, rice, or a salad of your choice.

Also by Debbie: Vegan Taiwanese “Beef” Noodle Soup With Braised Tofu & Veggies

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Photo: Debbie Tan

Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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