Chinese Five Spice Tofu stir fry. Fried tofu balls, baby bok choy and carrots smothered in a sweet, thick Chinese Five Spice sauce. An easy stir-fry dish to make for a weeknight meal. Comes together in less than 20 minutes.
This Chinese 5 spice tofu stir fry pairs deliciously with some rice or noodles. The best part is that it is packed with veggies like bok choy and carrots! It's a great and simple dish for those looking to start the new year on a healthier note.
I love making this dish for my husband because he likes to eat a more meatless diet. So tofu and veggies are a must for him. It's a fantastic dish to put into a weekly rotation and works well for meal preparation too!
What does it taste like?
Imagine soft chewy fried tofu balls, crunchy carrots and soft bok choy smothered in a sweet umami sauce with a hint of the Chinese Five Spice.
Chinese Five Spice has a unique licorice flavour thanks to the star anise. It possesses sweet and warm flavours from the fennel and cinnamon. And a peppery taste from the Sichuan peppercorns.
What is Chinese 5 spice made of?
Chinese five spice is made of the following spices: star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan (Szechuan) peppercorns, and fennel seeds.
What can you use Chinese 5 spice for?
It's usually used to marinate meats like Char Siu or Roasted Duck.
Where can I buy Chinese five spice?
Most Asian grocers will carry this spice. It comes in a powder or grounded form so look in the dried spice area. You can also purchase it online.
Where can I buy fried tofu balls?
Most Asian grocers will carry this item in their tofu area or the refrigerated aisle.
There are quite a few Chinese five spice tofu recipes online but this one is super simple, healthy and tasty! I hope you give it a try!
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For this recipe
You will need the following ingredients for this Chinese five spice braised tofu:
- 142 grams fried tofu balls, sliced into bite size pieces
- 1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
- 128 grams carrot, sliced
- 1 small cooking onion, sliced
- 238 grams baby Bok Choy
- 5 slices ginger with skin on
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tsp cooking oil
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- ½ tsp Chinese five spice
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
How to make Chinese Five Spice Tofu Stir-fry
In a small bowl, mix together your stir-fry sauce ingredients until well combined.
In a hot pan set over medium high heat, add cooking oil followed by onion and ginger. Fry until onions have softened.
Next toss in your bok choy, green onions and carrots. Sauté until the bok choy has wilted.
Toss in your fried tofu balls followed by a cup of water. Mix and allow the water to cook the tofu balls and vegetables for 2 minutes until tofu balls are softened.
Lower your heat to low setting and pour your stir-fry sauce. Quickly give everything a good mix ensuring tofu and veggies are covered in sauce.
Remove off heat and serve!
Note: This dish will last up to 3-4 days refrigerated. It can be reheated for later.
Give it a try!
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Chinese Five Spice Tofu Stir-fry (20-min. Recipe)
- 142 grams fried tofu balls sliced into bite size pieces
- 1 stalk green onion finely chopped
- 128 grams carrot sliced
- 1 small yellow onion sliced
- 238 grams Bok Choy
- 5 slices ginger with skin on
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- In a small bowl, mix together your stir-fry sauce ingredients until well combined.
- In a hot pan set over medium high heat, add cooking oil followed by onion and ginger. Fry until onions have softened.
- Next toss in your bok choy, green onions and carrots. Sauté until the bok choy has wilted.
- Toss in your fried tofu balls followed by a cup of water. Mix and allow the water to cook the tofu balls and vegetables for 2 minutes until tofu balls are softened.
- Lower your heat to low setting and pour your stir-fry sauce. Quickly give everything a good mix ensuring tofu and veggies are covered in sauce.
- Remove off heat and serve!