Storage (in a airtight container)
- 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
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.
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.)
Put the egg, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir well.
Add the protein to the mixture and coat thoroughly.
Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.
Add the coated protein and fry for about 10 minutes or until all sides are golden brown.
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.
Add the water, date puree and vinegar and simmer for about 2 minutes.
Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce.
Add this mixture along with the oyster sauce and BBQ sauce (or ketchup) to the skillet.
Simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Return the reserved protein to the skillet and stir until everything is heated through.
Serve with vegetables and vermicelli. YUMSKI!