• Preparation
    20 minutes

  • Cooking
    20 minutes

  • Power
    Medium heat

  • Quantity
    Serves 4

Dinner Date with General Taoski(General Tao-style sauce)

Who doesn’t like General Tao? But I find that there’s too much batter in the store-bought takes on this recipe and, more importantly, far too much sugar. As my kids love eating General Tao tofu, I decided to come up with a version with NO REFINED SUGAR. How? By using date puree. CRAZY! This makes it deliciously sweet, but you get fibre as an added bonus. Unbelievable, I know! Who wants to go on a dinner date with General Taoski? Hahaha!

Guaranteed success. You have Madame Labriski’s word.


  1. Prepare the protein: coat the protein with cornstarch. (Personally, I just put everything in a bowl with a lid and give it a good, vigorous shake… like castanets.)

  2. Put the egg, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir well.

  3. Add the protein to the mixture and coat thoroughly.

  4. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.

  5. Add the coated protein and fry for about 10 minutes or until all sides are golden brown.

  6. Set aside.

  7. Prepare the TAOSKI SAUCE: Put the sesame oil, ginger and green onions into the same skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.

  8. Add the water, date puree and vinegar and simmer for about 2 minutes.

  9. Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce.

  10. Add this mixture along with the oyster sauce and BBQ sauce (or ketchup) to the skillet.

  11. Simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

  12. Return the reserved protein to the skillet and stir until everything is heated through.

  13. Serve with vegetables and vermicelli. YUMSKI!

Storage (in a airtight container)

  • 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.



  • 2 large chicken breasts or a block of tofu, cubed

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 3 tbsp. flour (regular or gluten-free)

  • ½ tsp. baking powder

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger

  • ¼ cup green onion, cut diagonally (or onion)

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup Madame Labriski date puree 

  • 3 tbsp. vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)

  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce (optional)

  • 2 tbsp. ketchup-style BBQ sauce